Many people decide to downsize their ‘empty nest’ homes to better accommodate their changing lifestyles and needs approaching retirement. Senior advocacy organization MySilverAge shared four ways to get rid of your extra ‘stuff’ when making the move

According to Greg Gunderson, owner and president of Gentle Transitions, a senior relocation services company, those who are planning to relocate to a smaller space should begin downsizing about 90 days prior to their move.


Here are four ways to unburden yourself:


  • Host an estate sale. An estate sales group can help you organize a sale or auction of your belongings.
  • Use an auction house. Auction houses can take over the sale of your high-ticket items, such as artwork and antiques.
  • Donate. If you’ve decided that you’d like to give your possessions to someone less fortunate, make sure you’ve contacted the charity in advance and provided them with a list of the items you’d like to donate.
  • Find a paper-shredding service. While it may be tempting to just toss all that paperwork into the trash or recycling bin, you must be extra careful with documents that contain confidential information.


MySilverAge has also provided a free guide to help seniors to make informed decisions about housing.

Share with us: Have you recently downsized? How were you able to get rid of unwanted items?