5 Things To Ask Yourself Before Downsizing - Bear and Raven Antiques

5 Things To Ask Yourself Before Downsizing

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Is it meaningful?

At the core, all the possessions filling your home are just things – they may spur memories of a person, place, or event, but they’re not actual memories. But before you become a

minimalist who subsists on next to nothing, think about what you’d want to save from a fire.

When paring down your life, get rid of as much as you can, but don’t get rid of those things that are especially important – the things that you’d like to share with your children or grandchildren someday.

What’s it worth?

Is that painting on the wall just a doodle or a masterpiece by a renowned artist? Do you have any hidden treasures in your home? How much you paid for something doesn't necessarily reflect how much you'll be able to sell it for today. Do some research to see if you have anything of value.

What is my time worth?

You might not be a compulsive collector, but over the years, we all gather more than we realize. Sifting through years of accumulation is a time-consuming task. Is this how you want to spend your time? 

How will Downsizing Affect Family Bonds?

Downsizing or valuing items, especially after the loss of a family member, can test familial relationships. Is it worth it to impact family ties over a painting or armoire? If you have any concerns about this, it's important to communicate with your family members and come up with a plan that works for everyone.

Am I in over my head?

Remember, downsizing is a journey, not a one-time event. Downsizing can be a big job. Make sure you have the time, energy, and knowledge you need to sort, sell, or discard your belongings. If you feel overwhelmed, consider seeking expert assistance.

Feeling overwhelmed? Get help from someone with experience, such as Bear & Raven Appraisal Services.  We offer a wide range of valuation and appraisal services for clients in Southern Arizona and beyond. Please contact us to learn how we can help reduce your family's burden.


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