What about that house? Will you stay there?

Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty

There comes a time in your life when conversations shift from soccer practice and school plays to vacations and places to retire.  It can be an exciting time for some, but it can also be overwhelming for many!

Once the kids have moved out (and moved back in and moved out again), you may begin to think about trading in the old house and getting a new one.The problem that many of us have is that, along the way, we have collected a lot of stuff!

Some of you may have made-do with a smaller-than-ideal home while you were raising your kids and now you are in the enviable position of not necessarily needing to move.  In order to stay in that home, you likely trained yourself to be a good steward of cleaned-out closets and a diligent tosser of unused items. Or not.

If, like many of us, you are still in a family home that was the ideal size for your family--when they all lived at home--you may be left with a house that has extra bedrooms, too many couches and lamps, as well as a storage room filled with things that will never see the light of day until they hit the sidewalk give-away pile.

How do you begin the process of Right-Sizing? And let me be clear, not everyone who lived in a smaller house when their children were around wants to stay put. I know plenty of parents who picked a great school district in which to raise a family and once that no longer mattered to them, moved somewhere that they could get more space for less money.

The first step to considering a new home is to look at your existing space. Do you have a lot of things you want to get rid of before you move? Do you have things that you want to sell, donate, distribute within the family? Do you only have things in your house that you LOVE? Do you want everything in your house to come with you when you move to a new house? If you are like me, the answer is that you have a lot of cleaning out to do.

Cleaning out and getting organized is hard work! How and where do you begin?

I have found there are really only three ways, if you are actually going to get it done:

  1. Jump in, room by room, and be committed to the process
  2. Enlist a friend or family member who is not as sentimental about your belongings to help
  3. Hire someone to help you with the process.

Many of us will do a hybrid of all three.

If you are thinking about 'what comes next,' your first step is to take a hard look at your home and your stuff and put together a plan  to get it organized. Even if you opt to stay put, you will feel lighter and more mobile if, in the future, your  home plans change.

There is nothing easy about Right-sizing. It can be exciting, but it also requires work and commitment. If you think you are ready to get started, take the first step and begin the 'clean-out!'


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Comments (2)

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Personally, I can't wait to see what happens when it finally dawns on my husband that we are selling the house and moving to our house in Hawaii. Our place in Hawaii is half the size of our present house, and my husband is a packrat. Me? I could pick up a cat under each arm, walk out and never look back, but not my husband because he has TOO MUCH STUFF. Nobody wants it but him. We have no children. He is for a rude awakening.

That day will come.

Oct 15, 2018 12:47 PM
Holly Weatherwax

I think my husband could walk off with you (although the cats might be deal breaker). I am not a pack-rat, but I find comfort in my 'stuff.'  I think I am just too sentimental about it...but someday I will have to get serious!

Oct 15, 2018 12:50 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Holly Weatherwax ,

For the past 5 years I have been systematically going through the attic, room by room and closets. I'm into less stuff and love our new uncluttered look and enjoying the freedom from so much stuff! We built this house when the kids were almost gone and love our single story plan. Perfect ..you'll have to drag me out feet first!

Oct 15, 2018 03:37 PM