Let It Go, Let It Go, Let It Go

Real Estate Agent with The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803
As Realtors® on The North Shore of Long Island, we list and sell a considerable amount of Real Estate by working with seniors who are either downsizing or thinking about it.
When deciding if it's time for Baby Boomers to leave their family home for a smaller place, there are many things to think about. Of course, for some it's not an easy choice to make.
Family members are saying...
You don't need your large house anymore.
You don't want to clean your large house anymore.
You don't want the financial burdens that are attached to owning a large house.
You don't want to think about how difficult it might be to sort through everything in your large house to get ready for the move.
We are seeing many empty nesters wanting to simplify their lifestyles. They are looking forward to less maintenance, more travel, more leisure time. In other words, they want to free up their time and energy for more creative pursuits.


To help Baby Boomers prepare for the downsizing move, here are our 10 Top Tips to help de-clutter your home. By the way, for those of you "youngsters" who don't know who the "Baby Boomers" are, they are those who were born just after World War II and are called so because of the boom in the number of babies born during that period.


1. Start Slow ~  Start with a room that is not often used anymore, like a basement, a formal dining room, or those extra spare bedrooms. This way you avoid cluttering the areas of the home that are used regularly.

2. Sort Everything ~ While still in your current residence, sort through everything. Look around the house and toss everything away that you genuinely don't need. Put aside the items that you can sell or donate and take care of those before you move.
3. Closets ~ Assort your clothes and really look at the things that you haven't worn in a long time, or don't even fit you anymore. If you haven't worn something in a couple of years, it's time to let go.
4. Furniture ~ Really look at all your furniture and think about the space you will have in your new place. When you start with the large items like furniture, you will feel you are more progressive. Then you can move towards the smallest items like knick-knacks or collectibles.

5. Let The Family Have Stuff ~ If you still have things that belong to your children or other family members, see it they want them. Otherwise get rid of it. If they don't want it, why are you holding onto it?

6. Storage/Attics/Garages ~ Look at your tools, mowers, storage, outdated anything, or whatever else is stored in your garage and get rid of what you don't need. If you move into a condo, chances are they provide all the yard maintenance for you, so do you really need this stuff? There’s usually good items to sell in a garage sale. Why not make extra money, while cleaning out the home.
7. Personal Papers And Photographs ~ These often take the most time to go through. Take your time and decide whether to keep, save for your children, or shred. You don’t need to discard photos, but you do need to consider how to organize and store them.
8. Gifts And Sentimental Items ~ If you're still hanging onto your children's school papers, and old clothes, ask yourself why? Also as to those gifts that you have received for all kinds of occasions, it’s okay to let go of well-intended but not-quite-on-the-mark gifts.
9. Keep, Sell, Donate, Or Trash ~ Although it maybe difficult to part with possessions, doing so is often a must for anyone planning to downsize. Begin by dividing belongings into keep, sell, donate, and trash categories.  Knowing that others will appreciate these things might make parting with the items a bit easier.
10. Let Things Go ~  Don't be afraid to let things go. After all, they are just material things and you might feel a little better living a little lighter. Start to de-clutter your home ahead of the move. You will be able to move into a smaller home easier, lighter and ready for the new excitement ahead!
Let It Go, Let it Go, Let It Go!
Of course, #11 would be to call Lawrence "Larry" and Sheila Agranoff, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and Licensed RE Salesperson at our Cell:
631-805-4400 if you are downsizing or moving on up on The North Shore Of Long Island!
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

The decision to downsize is difficult and emotional, so please be patient while these people make that decision.

Many empty nesters wanting to simplify their lifestyles. They are looking forward to less maintenance, more travel, more leisure time. In other words, they want to free up their time and energy for more creative pursuits.

Dec 14, 2017 04:13 AM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Larry and Sheila.

If I had my way a lot of what we have would be gone.  My wife on the other hand wants to hang onto almost everything.  I keep telling her "Let it go."  Sigh

Dec 14, 2017 04:13 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Larry and Sheila.  This is something that my wife and I need to consider and follow in the not so distant future.

Dec 14, 2017 04:43 AM #3
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Larry and Sheila, I am working with sellers on this now. A lot of stuff accumulates after 30 years in a home. You give spot on advice, Let It Go!

Dec 14, 2017 05:11 AM #4
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great rips, Sheila and Larry. I think I'm one of those empty nesters/seniors who has no interest in simplifying my life or down-sizing. Maybe in another 10 years I'll feel differently. Then again, I've moved so many times I've never let myself over-accumulate things because they were a bother to move.

Dec 14, 2017 05:23 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Larry and Sheila,

What a great guideline to let stuff go.

We are not big on gathering a bunch of stuff.  However, with packing for the potential fire evacuation, it was amazing how much we were willing to leave behind.  And we are not in the frame of mind to downsize.  We like space.  A

Dec 14, 2017 07:53 AM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Wonderful advice, Sheila & Larry! You know, about those photographs - there has to be someone who has come up with a business to take all of your old photos and scan them to a disc/drive for those who wish to simplify their lives.

I have a huge (incredibly heavy!) box of photos that I would love to hand over for someone to scan in. Now you've got me thinking - I need to see if there is such a business here!

Happy Friday!

Dec 15, 2017 05:20 AM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH, BTW, I forgot to come back and give you my report about the dental work - I finished up last month and all could not be better! If you're thinking of a consult here, let me know - you know you have a place to stay!

Dec 15, 2017 05:21 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am ready to do a little more clean out and letting go. This is very good advice for us all.

Dec 15, 2017 09:15 PM #9
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