Downsizing: How much time do I allow? When you havemmade the decision to Downsize, it is important to allow yourself plenty of time in order to keep down the stress. You do not want to rush into making decisions that you may regret later. You will want to check with family members and friends to see if they want or will appreciate the item you want to give them.
You may need to set up times for organizations to come pick up the items you wish to donate and or an auction company to come pack and pick up your auction items.
Remember, it takes time to go through cabinets, drawers, closets and shelves. Those are the areas that usually take more time go through and make decisions about because they are out of sight, hold more and smaller items and often hold items we forgot about. These areas also hold items from your past that you may want to share with others. You may need time to deal with some of the emotions these items may give you.
You should allow yourself six months to a year to completely address everything in your home. Once a week deliver donation items to the organization of your choice, check with family members and friends to see if they are interested in what you want to give them and haul away trash if it is not picked up at your home.
Pick a room in your home to begin and do not move to another room until the previous room is completed. Work at least 30 minutes per day, daily, but no more than 2 hours. When clients work more than 2 hours a day, they often get burned out quickly and loose their enthusiasm to continue.
Downsizing can be very stressful, both physically and emotionally so please give yourself the gift of TIME!