Downsizing? Tips To Make It Less Painful!

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Brentwood TN Real Estate

Years ago, it was nothing to have four or five children in a family, or more.   This meant finding the biggest house for the least amount of money.  The more square footage and the more bedrooms the better.  As the children grew up and moved away, the house became even larger.  The only time it seemed crowded was during the holidays and even then there was plenty of room for everyone.

Now the house just is too big and there is so much that must be done to  maintain it, the holidays are no reason to keep that lumbering giant in Brentwood, Franklin or Nashville TN.  It's time to downsize.  This can actually be a fun time in your life. It gives you the time to reflect on the many memories you have from the old house, while you plan for the exciting move to the new one!  Packing can be a fun way to share some of those memories. One way to do this is to have a packing party just for family.

 Before you begin, make sure you know what you are taking with you and what you are not going to need.  You can do this by packing some of the things away on your own first, mainly those items you know you will want to take with you.  Then you can call the family in to help.  Make sure the grandchildren are included in the invitation. Let the family know this is going to be a whole day affair.

Start out by asking everyone to bring their own box.   This is where the fun begins, a trip down memory lane can cause some great laughter.  As your family arrives, explain you are going to be selling the house and you are packing up what you are not going to be taking with you.  As the kids wander from room to room it is their job to explain about the stain on the living room carpet that just mysteriously appeared.  They can also talk about how the unwanted house guest "No Body" kept doing things behind everyone's back. This makes for much hilarity and you may just discover the answers to years old mysteries!

 As each item is packed up and placed away, the children will packing their own memories as well.  These can be shared with other members of the family and the new generation too.  The trophies which have gathered dust can be bragged about once again.  The old favorite toys in the attic can be brought back to life with the grand kids in the house to listen and  watch, passing on old family secrets and joy. 

Downsizing does not have to be a sad time. It can be a time when the entire family reminisces about what it was like growing up with each other in your home. The dishes used at holiday dinners, or why there are only three legs on the table that are straight can really make the experience a great way to say goodbye to a family home with lots of history.

 As each family member packs up a box, make sure there is one they are going to take home filled with the sentimental treasures they had when they were growing up.  This is a wonderful way for a part of the old house will remain with each of them for years to come.  Although a tear or two may be shed, everyone will agree that being a part of the move and  having the chance to share the sweet memories together is a heart warming way to make the ending of a chapter in your and their lives easier and the beginning of a new one more fun!

 

 

Call now to find out how I can help you sell your current home and find your new dream home!
Serving Brentwood, Franklin and Nashville TN.

 Vanessa Stalets
Brentwood TN Real Estate
RE/MAX Elite
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Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
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Vanessa - Good post, I love the new look.
Apr 14, 2008 12:49 AM #1
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Charlie Ragonesi
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Interesting post. Where I am in the mountains there are a lot of folks moving in and downsizing. It is often a tough job. Thanks for the tips
Apr 14, 2008 12:54 AM #2
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Kathryn Tharp
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Very good Idea!  When my Dad passed away, as sad and stressfulas that was, we all did the same thing.  Sometimes we laughed until we cried.  Some items were so ugly that we tried to force them on each other.  What a hoot.  In fact we all talked about writing a book, How To Divvy Up The Loot and Laugh All The Way.  My Dad had a picture of someone we didn't know who she was so we just called it the "picture of the unknown hussy".  You get the idea.  Just thinking about it makes me smile.
Apr 14, 2008 01:26 AM #3
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Naoma Doriguzzi - Virginia Beach, VA

I remember growing up we always had to share a room.  Nowadays it seems that every one needs their own room?  I think it is more cozy and helps build relationships within the family when you are not so spread out.

Apr 14, 2008 02:15 AM #4
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Vanessa Stalets
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Larry- Thank you! Thanks for reading and commenting too.
Apr 14, 2008 02:21 AM #5
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Charlie- you are most welcome, hope they are useful to you or your clients!
Apr 14, 2008 02:22 AM #6
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Kathryn- Yes, that is whole idea! Laughing and crying, but sharing the memories.
Apr 14, 2008 02:23 AM #7
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Naomi- Many did share bedrooms back when, these days many families are not as big as in yesteryear...
Apr 14, 2008 02:24 AM #8
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Vanessa, one good thing I have always liked about downsizing is the garage sale aspect of it and getting new furniture at the new place. Kind of like a clean slate.
Apr 14, 2008 03:11 AM #9
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Gary- Great points! I love haggling over little things at garage sales and I too love to get new stuff! It makes moving into a new home all the more fun! Thanks for stopping in!
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Vanessa,  Over the past 32 years I have had many downsizing transactions and you make excellent suggestions, but you know it is still not totally to walk away from all the memories,  Karen
Apr 14, 2008 10:00 AM #11
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Karen- Did you mean it is still hard to walk away from the memories? Yes it is, but they always go with you!
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Jan Evett
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Vanessa,

Isn't interesting how "No Body" lives at everybody's house sooner or later!  He used to do a lot of silly things here at my house!   Now that the kids are adults they like to tell stories on each other when we are all together. :)

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