12 Tips for Downsizing over the Holidays
Are you an empty nester, or thinking about downsizing? Preparing for the holidays presents a perfect opportunity to identify the items you love the most, share your abundance with others, and clear a path to a fresh start in January. Here are 12 steps that you can take to begin the process of downsizing:
1) Reduce Holiday Decorations
Decorate indoors and outdoors with your favorite decorations, using the items you love the most with time and energy you have. Donate the remainders early in the season, when your unneeded decorations will be happily used by others.
Many schools, churches and charities sponsor Holiday Markets that make use of gently-used housewares, costume jewelry, coats and other donated items.
3) Spruce Up
Addressing loose knobs, burned out lightbulbs, and other minor repairs will help get your home in shape for the holidays and beyond.
4) Use Your Gift Wrap
Set a goal to use all of the wrapping paper, ribbon and tags you have accumulated over the years.
5) Freshen Up Your Food
Remove all outdated or unwanted foods from the pantry, freezer and refrigerator.
6) Let the Liquor Go
They say liquor never goes bad, but if you have spirits you haven’t served or enjoyed for several years, it’s probably time to move it out.
7) Trim Down Tableware
Set your nicest holiday table or buffet, and identify the service pieces you chose not to use or no longer need.
8) Lighten Up On Linens and Towels
Get rid of frayed towels, unappealing blankets, and any quantities of linens beyond what you would need for a house full of guests.
9) Scale Down the Gadgets
Some of the year’s most elaborate meals are prepared around the holidays. Take note of duplicate or unneeded items in the kitchen, and set them aside for donation.
10) Pitch the Plastic
How do these mountains of plastic food containers accumulate? Use them to send holiday treats or care packages, and then keep only what you would typically use for 3 days of leftovers.
11) Pass Things Down
Offer relevant belongings to visiting family members or friends (but don’t take it personally if you don’t get any takers! Allow that to be your permission to donate those items instead).
12) Enjoy What Really Matters
The best part of downsizing: the freedom to enjoy activities and spend time with loved ones with fewer responsibilities and less stuff weighing you down.
Happy Holidays from Home Transition Pros!