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Planning a big move when you retire can be nothing short of stressful and challenging. If you’ve lived in the same place for many years, it might make you break out into a cold sweat just thinking about moving all that “stuff.” 

That’s why many people choose to downsize before they make that big move. If you’re considering this strategy, it’s not as simple as it seems. You need a plan, or it will be just as stressful as packing it all up and moving it to the next location. Here are some tried and true tips to get you through downsizing for retirement. 

1. Consider Your Frame of Mind

If you’re getting ready to jump into a major downsizing project, the first step is to get yourself into the right mindset. If you do nothing else on this list, make this one a priority. 

Having the right attitude can make a world of difference. While your project may not be easy, it will make your relocation move go much smoother. When you simplify your life, you can retire fresh, save money on your move, and reduce your overall stress. 

2. Start Early!

Now that you’re in the right frame of mind, you need to get started asap. Give yourself plenty of time to make decisions big and small in the coming weeks and months. Going through your stuff can be an emotional and personal process, so it’s not something you want to rush. Set aside a few hours each day to work on this project. 

3. Examine Your Stuff Thoroughly

During your decluttering time, choose a room or part of a room to tackle each day. Examine every item closely and decide whether it is something that you still need in your life. Be honest. When was the last time you used, looked at, or even thought about this object? If it wasn’t recently, it might be time to let it go. 

4. Get Excited About “Letting Go”

Letting things go doesn’t have to be a morbid affair. You can make this a positive process by selling or donating items to charity. You might also have loved ones that could use some of those items. As you work on your project, create three piles labeled “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.” You’ll keep the “yes” items, somehow get rid of the “no” ones, and revisit the “maybe” pile soon. 

5. Make Downsizing Profitable

Finally, don’t forget that you can probably accumulate some extra cash by selling many of your used items like clothing, furniture, artwork, kitchenware, sporting goods, etc. Consider holding a yard sale to get rid of as much as possible. You can also list items online through Facebook, Craigslist, and eBay. The money you earn can be put towards your move or even the downpayment on your retirement home. 

Thinking of Relocating to Coastal North Carolina? 

If you’re considering making coastal North Carolina your retirement home, you couldn’t have picked a better place or time. Offering a temperate climate, low property taxes, plenty of things to do, and an amazing choice in neighborhoods, this area is incredibly special. 

Creekmore Realty Group specializes in helping retirees find the perfect home in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. If you’d like to explore your options for retirement living in popular cities like Wilmington and Southport, contact us today to learn more about how we can help.