The thought of downsizing can make even the bravest senior cringe. By looking at a home in its entirety, the task will seem overwhelming, but by starting with a small space, the task will be more manageable. Begin with a guest room closet and decide what to keep, sell or give away. The key is to make a plan to get rid of the things you no longer want or need incrementally. So give those items to friends, family or charity in phases rather than waiting till a move is planned. Plan for a garage sale and price as you go so that when you are ready to conduct your sale, everything is ready for your sale. If a garage sale is not for you, consider donating items to your favorite charity or if you have a substantial number of things, consider having a professional estate sale.
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