Downsizing your home can be a daunting task, but it’s also an opportunity to simplify your life and make room for the things that really matter. Whether you’re moving to a smaller space or just trying to declutter your current home, we’ve got some tips to help you through the process.


These tips and more in this video below 👇



Start by going through your clothes and separating them into three piles: keep, donate, and toss. Be honest with yourself about what you actually wear and what you can live without. The conventional advice is if you haven’t worn the item in the last year or two, you can probably get rid of it. 



Next, tackle your bookshelves. Keep the books that you love and that you’ll actually read again and donate the ones that are just taking up space. Many libraries will take books or if you’re adventurous you can resell them online- there is actually a market for older books.



When it comes to your kitchen, take a hard look at the gadgets and appliances that you rarely use. Consider donating them to a local charity or selling them online. Some online sources where you can sell kitchen items are Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, LetGo and Decluterr. Site links at the bottom of this page.



Paperwork can quickly accumulate and take up valuable space. Take the time to go through old bills, statements, and documents, and shred or recycle anything that you don’t need to keep. If your shredder isn’t up to the task or you don’t have one, consider using a shredding company that will allow you to watch the shredding process take place so you can be sure your paperwork is safe.  There are many in our area and the cost is well worth it to keep your identity safe. 



For sentimental items like photographs and mementos, consider taking photos of them and creating a digital archive. This will allow you to keep the memories without taking up physical space.  Or you may want to take those items you just can’t part with and use them as decor in your new home. 



 When it comes to furniture, measure your new space and be realistic about what will fit. Consider selling or donating items that won’t work in your new home.  There are many places in our area that will take furniture for either donation or sale.  Links for those places can also be at the bottom of this page. 


Finally, if all of this is just too overwhelming or difficult for you to handle on your own, there are companies that provide all of these services for homeowners for a nominal cost, and you can choose what you want them to do for you.  Helping with decisions about what to keep or get rid of, what furniture to bring to your new home, packing and setting up auctions to sell those things you won’t be keeping.   These companies can do as little or as much as you need.


Here are the links to the name of the company I trust and use frequently:

Caring Transitions :


Link for places to sell things:


Offer Up:



Paper Shredding:

Montgomery County:

Patriot Shredding:

Clean Cut Shredding:




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