Downsizing Dilemmas


Items hold precious memories. Each possession tells a story, and it’s hard for us to let go of that item for fear of “losing the memory” attached to it.


Compromise. If you’re short on space, but want to keep the memory alive, why not create a memory book. Many photo shops such as Blacks, or Costco offer a wide variety of hard & soft covered photo books designed to tell a story.
Scrap booking is another great way to keep those stories alive. Take a photo of your item and have the kids tell you what they remember about your possession. Add your reason for loving it, and why you hold it dear. Where did it come from? Was it a gift, or an heirloom?
Not only do you get keep your memories close at hand, your story will be preserved for future generations.

“They just don’t make em’ like they used to!” The perception of quality and value in older possessions compared to modern day pieces.


If you can’t use it, lose it! Be realistic when you are downsizing. If you can’t use it, and you really don’t need it, then why are you keeping it? Although you may think a possession has value, the truth is, we are a disposable society. Younger generations are looking for disposable furniture, disposable cars, and disposable lifestyles. Modern families aren't looking to hold on to things the way our elders did. They are waiting for the next best thing to hit the market place. Out with the Old, in with the New!

It’s a family heirloom.


It may be an heirloom but if it’s stuck in the back of a drawer, hidden in a mound of clutter, or lost in the attic, are you truly embracing your heritage?

Sense of losing “oneself” during the process of downsizing. Society ties the ownership of possessions to self worth. Downsizing can be scary – it seems like you are letting go of who you are and what you have worked hard to build.


Keep the possessions that make you smile: Things that bring joy to your life. The rest is just clutter. Life is about living, creating & sharing memories, not the possessions that surround you.

No One To Help!


Hire a professional organizer: As your single point of contact, they can tailor a relocation package to complement your personal lifestyle.


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