Tips To Downsize

Real Estate Agent with Exit Realty Virginia 0225201438

 Tips to Down Size

So How do you downsize from a suburban home with a two-car garage to a one-bedroom apartment?


Mary and Marty Smith got rid of most of their furniture plus 90 percent of their books and half their clothes in about a month.

Here are some of tips for anyone about to make a move.

1. Edit, edit, edit.

Reevaluate your past choices. Ask yourself whether you would buy that piece again, given the chance. If the answer is no, consider listing it on sites such as Craigslist  and use the money toward something you absolutely love.

2. Have weekly yard sales.

Price a new batch of things each week for a weekend sale. Keep prices low to get them moving. Think of buyers as people who are doing you a favor by hauling your things away for you. At the end of the day, take the leftovers to the curb and put out a curb alert on Craigslist or Freecycle.

3. Don’t expect to make money selling stuff.

Time is of the essence. The idea is to get the stuff out of your house.

4. Think of this as an opportunity to start fresh.

You may have had used or hand-me-down furniture sticking around as placeholders. By moving, you’ll be able to make new choices and hopefully upgrade to things you like better.


Do you know anyone ready to downsize?

Are you ready to downsize?

Did you live in Northern Virginia?


Contact Belinda Johns to discuss your housing needs



Exit Realty 8998c Lorton Station Blvd. Lorton Virignia 22079


Comments (5)

Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Belinda, that is excellent advice.  Downsizing is never easy, i keep trying but not very successfully.

Oct 28, 2015 12:55 PM
Gilbert Real Estate Experts: Colby & Michele Myers
Darcam Real Estate & Investments, LLC. - Gilbert, AZ

Great advice for those looking to downsize. I hope to be at that point in my life sooner than later. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 28, 2015 01:02 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Belinda Johns so true - we just collect so many things, we just don't feel like throwing it away when we want to downsize...

Oct 28, 2015 02:56 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The number one rule is that the house should figure into your well-being and personality. Everything else falls into place after that.

Oct 29, 2015 03:59 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Collecting things never makes people happy as much as experiences and what you do with the things.

Oct 29, 2015 04:00 PM