10 Downsizing your fears tips

If you are having trouble beginning the process of downsizing remember:

 1. Embrace your new lifestyle.

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2. You are still the same person; you just choose to have fewer belongings.

3. Simplicity reduces stress.

4. Saying “goodbye” to the past can open new doors in your future.

5. Your worth in is who you are and what you do, not in what you own.

6. Start with easy items to downsize and then move to the items that have sentimental value that are harder to let go of.

7. You are good at making decisions, you can let go of things and nothing bad will happen.

8. You have control of your situation, pick the time that is right for you to downsize your lifestyle.

9. You will have fewer possessions to take care of, maintain, store and organize and more time for things that are important in your life now.

10. Find a “downsizing buddy” and support each other in your project to downsize your lifestyles.  It is always easier when you have someone to talk to that is going through the same thing.The things you own should help you become the person you want to be. Share on X

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Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

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  1. Donna Matthews on April 13, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Great list! Especially resonated with simplicity reduces stress ?

    • Julie Stobbe on April 15, 2020 at 4:11 am

      I feel like I could live in a hotel room. 2 weeks of clothing, my laptop, a TV, bed, dresser, table, closet, window and the great outdoors. Less to look after is the top reason on my personal list because there is less stress.

  2. Seana Turner on April 13, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Downsizing is such an emotional journey. Some go through it easily, happy to feel the freedom of having less to care for, while others mourn the release of each and every item. I definitely agree that having a buddy or two can help. It is important for many to have the opportunity to tell the stories of items they come across. Sometimes, retelling the story one more time makes it easier to let an item go. The process can be quite freeing, so it is important to try and stay positive!

    • Julie Stobbe on April 15, 2020 at 4:09 am

      Thanks for the advice to try and stay positive. A good attitude makes a job easier to do. As Professional Organizers some times we don’t have the time to hear all the stories. That is a good reason to have a buddy to go through the process with. Telling the stories is a very important part of the grieving process of letting go.

  3. Janet Barclay on April 13, 2020 at 10:50 am

    The best thing about downsizing is that having less space means you’re less inclined to purchase and/or keep things that you really don’t need!

    • Julie Stobbe on April 15, 2020 at 4:04 am

      Definitely, it also stops you from taking items people offer you. Just another way things creep into a home. I did some downsizing and now I think twice about adding things to my home after having done all the downsizing work.

  4. Janet Schiesl on April 14, 2020 at 11:56 am

    I favorite is #2. You are still the same person; you just choose to have fewer belongings. I’ll have to remember it and use it.

    • Julie Stobbe on April 15, 2020 at 4:01 am

      I like that one too. Many people feel that what is around them makes them who they are. Your things only give a very small picture of who you are. Mostly they tell who you were.

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