In my past Blogs I've discussed downsizing.  Go back and cross that word out. Downsizing.  Replace it with Rightsizing.  It sounds positive, doesn't it?  Like, right vs wrong.  Yes vs no.  Blue vs cloudy.

Rightsizing is downsizing; finding and preparing to move to a smaller, safer and more manageable home.  This could be a single-family home, a condo, apartment or a form of assisted living.

Rightsizing is about expanding options and defining purposeful directions. 

Moving from a larger home creates challenges, particularly what to take with you.  All your things won't fit and may not be needed in your new place.  We all have "stuff". Some "stuff" we haven't seen or used in decades.  The goal is not to simply toss things. The goal is to feel good about the decisions and the life you are consciously choosing for yourself. Taking control of yourself, rather than your stuff controlling you, is a huge step towards defining and loving your life, rather than merely living it.

Rightsizing:  Plans the next phase of your life.

                     Realizes your options.

                     Looks forward to future endeavors.

                     Reaches your lifetime goals and dreams.

                     Gives you a feeling of empowerment.

Sometimes Rightsizing triggers strong emotions, especially around sentimental items. Here are a few things to think about.

Gifts shouldn't be burdens.  "My daughter made me this in kindergarten."  Are you really obligated to keep everything you ever received?  Does your daughter remember what she made and gave you?  No?  All these little treasures add up.  Why not take a photo of these things and create a physical album, or digital, and keep the memories.  You can then ask your daughter if she wants what she made you all those years ago.  She's probably appreciate it.  This would probable explain when my mom Rightsized I got 3 boxes of childhood treasures in the mail.  Most I had forgot about.  Some I kept.  All of it I appreciated.

Rightsizing is not about loss.  "I don't want to loose everything else.  I've lost a lot in my life."  Rightsizing is about taking control and prioritizing what's permitted to take up space, time and resources in your life. If you've experienced loss, Rightsizing is one way to take control again.  You decide what matters most and what parts of your past to leave behind.  Life is a personal journey.  Nothing should monopolize your time and space unless it's valuable to you, emotionally and psychologically.

Free yourself.  "Why bother now?  I'm used to it.  My kids can deal with it."  Why spend any more time dealing with stuff just because you always have?  Instead of spending energy caring for possessions you hardly use or see, start considering what's on your bucket list and spend your time doing those things.  Then go find a large bucket and some boxes and start filling those with what you really don't need.  Unsure?  Pack it, seal it, date it and visit it in one year.  Still sitting there unopened?  Time to donate it.  And really, are you that upset with your children to leave them with all that stuff -and decisions- to make?

It's your choice.  "Do I have to get rid of everything?"  No!  Keep what you want.  What you are going to need.  What makes you smile.  But if it brings sad memories, heartache, loss or regret, then consider leaving it.  Surround yourself with what makes you happy. Remember, you are embarking on your next big journey in life.

Rightsizing decisions can be difficult.  "It's small, it doesn't take up much room, so what's the big deal about keeping it?"  Large or small, comments like this usually signal avoidance.  If you don't want to be bothered with the decision now, do you want to be bothered with it later?  Hopefully, you are reading this to prepare a few years ahead.  Set it aside and see how important it is a year later.  If you find out it hasn't been important, donate it.

There are some strategies to that help you have your cake and eat it too.  "I have lot's of stuff that makes me happy.  How can I possibly Rightsize?"  Then why is in a box?  Why has is not been used in 15 years?  As stated earlier, create memories by taking photos and creating an album or a journal.  Then pass the item on to someone who can use and appreciate it.  Along with the item,  considering giving the new owner verbal or written history of the item.  I remember when my grandfather passed something on to me, along with a long speech, when I was a kid.  It meant something to me then.  It means more to me now that he's gone.

Cleaning up your environment helps focus on what's more important, while eliminating unnecessary work and expenses.  "I'm planning on aging in place.  Why should I consider Rightsizing?"  If you are planning to age in place, you don't have to keep all areas of your home "active" for living.  You may want to clear unused rooms on the second level and basement and keep the main level for living.  This will eliminate the need for climbing stairs, cleaning, heating and cooling.  This also frees up space for guests, caregivers, family or friends that need assistance later on.


As Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES) we have the training and a network of connections to help you in every aspect of your next move.  


Tom Townsend, Broker, SRES

Denise Townsend Group

Keller Williams Sunset Corridor

1915 NW Amberglen Pkwy #250

Beaverton OR 97006