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Time to Downsize?-8 Tips to Get you Started



Whether you need to simplify your lifestyle, cut costs, to be closer to grandchildren, or to address medical needs...Most seniors know when the time is right to downsize..  
Or how I like to refer to as “Rightsizing”. 
For some, this may be a stressful process — both emotionally and physically.  
But it doesn’t have to get overwhelming. Today, I’m going to share my top 8 tips to make ‘Rightsizing’ a whole lot easier for both You and your loved ones. So let’s get started... 

1. Start Early 
Give yourself plenty of time for this process. It’s going to take longer than you probably expect. Be gentle with yourself, and don’t even attempt to go through your entire house in a week. 
A month is more realistic.  
If you aren’t rushed, this process will be much less stressful. 
Hi, I’m Lisa Kelly Lakeland Homes and Lifestyles with Premier Realty. 
2. Start Small 
Now that you’ve given yourself permission to take this slow..Where do you begin?  
Take one room at a time.. But don’t start in a large room or room that has any emotional attachment. 
Instead start off small. 
The laundry room or linen closets are good options. Definitely  leave the garage and attic for last. 
Be realistic about your needs as you go through your things.   
For example, If you’re moving into a two-bedroom house, four sets of sheets should be plenty. The rest can go. 
3. Eliminate rooms you won’t have in your new home 
Your next step is to eliminate rooms you will not have in your new home. 
If you’re moving to a condo or an apartment, for example, you might not have a garage or office space.  
Nearly everything in those spaces will need to be sold, donated, tossed, or relocated to other rooms.  
These areas might also be good items for consignment . Nice office furniture and outdoor tools are more valuable than older sofas or mattresses. 
4. Get Rid of Duplicates 
If you’re like me I have way too many spatulas, 9 different stock pots and every size cookie sheet you can imagine. 
Now is the time to reduce the clutter. 
 If you feel you just don’t want to get rid of that nice roasting pan because that’s what you cook the 25 pound turkey in, consider giving it to a child or grandchild who can bring it over for the holiday and take it home when they leave. 
5. Only make Yes or No piles — no Maybes! 
When you’re going through years of belongings, some things are going to tug at your heartstrings, and you’ll be tempted to make a third pile of things to keep if you have space.  
Be strong! Don’t fall for it!! You’ll end up with a Maybe pile that’s bigger than either of the other two.  
The idea here is to keep moving forward. If you need to take a break..Take a break..But don’t make a 3rd pile. 
And please don’t fool yourself by saying you’ll take certain items with and just deal with it at the new house..That won’t happen. 
Take a hard look at every item you pick up. It goes it the Yes or No pile. Period. 
6. Reduce Collections- Creatively 
You’re not going to have room in your new home for your large curio cabinets that have all your figurine collectibles, or a lifetime of porcelain dolls. 
So here’s an idea how to keep your collectibles and still share the memories they hold: 
Have high resolution photos taken of your collection and have these photos made into a photo book. Display this book on your coffee table so you and your guests can enjoy the stories each holds...Without the clutter. 
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If you’d like a step by step, detailed plan how to Declutter Your Entire Home in 30 days, check out my 3 part series. I break these steps down to easy to follow, daily tasks any one can do! 
7. Consider Gifting Heirlooms early 
Do you have a huge grandfather clock or maybe an antique china collection you have plans to hand down to a family member or loved one? 
 Consider giving those gifts now. 
This has two benefits: you’ll get the items out of our way, PLUS you’ll be able to enjoy the feeling of giving those items to your loved ones now. 
8. Allow some time to Reminisce 
I know for some of you, these tips may seem like there is no consideration for nostalic and sentimental items.. Which brings me to my last tip: 
Give yourself all the time you need to reminisce as you’re cleaning and sorting. 
It’s OK to pause and let nostalgia take over. Cry if you need to. Move to another room and come back. 
That’s why my #1 Tip was to start early...Just don’t allow these pauses prevent you from getting the job done. 
Change is hard for everyone! Don’t let the apprehension get you down. 
Instead, Look forward to your new environment as an adventure and new chapter in your life. Just think how much simpler life will be with fewer surfaces to dust, rooms to vacuum, or towels to wash! 
If you’re in the very beginning thoughts of Rightsizing and curious what is available in  55+ communities located in the Greater Lakeland area, I put a link in the description..Enjoy! 
I’m Lisa Kelly...Until then, I’ll see you on the next one. 

Here's a handy Cost of Living Comparison worksheet: Cost Of Living Guide
  If you’d like Lots more Information about our Greater Lakeland Area and the surrounding cities in Polk County..head over to my website at LisaKellySells.com  
Check Out my Relocation Guide http://bit.ly/WelcomeToGreaterLakeland 
 

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I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Tom and Kim Manske

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Kim Manske

Sidney Wyland Lisa Kelly was our realtor that helped us with our move from Utah to Lakeland. She is a very good resource for us in Lakeland and helped us buy our new home. We found Lisa on the internet. She has helped us with all the contacts and scheduling to insure all things here went smoothly. The closing on our home was completed on time which was very important as we had are household goods being delivered from two different states. She also continues to be there for us for any referrals or help we may need here locally. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home.

 

~ Rick and Sidney Wyland

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee and Frankie Brown

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill and Patricia Crabb

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill & Patricia Crabb

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee & Frankie Brown

01/03/2017 - shunter317 Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is an exceptional agent as she knows real estate law and the local market. She communicates and is extremely responsive to her clients questions and needs. She walked us through a complicated contract. We consider Lisa a new friend.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 08/09/2016 - HappyBuyerNEOH Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I highly recommend Lisa Kelly! She was awesome to work with through the whole process. Her communication and promptness went above and beyond my expectations. Working in the mortgage industry, I see all types of realtors, if you want a genuine, awesome, go getter- she is your girl!

 

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Highly likely to recommend 10/27/2014 - jessbparker Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $75K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I cannot say enough about Lisa Kelly. She helped my husband and I buy our first home when we had limited funds and difficult circumstances. She is extremely knowledgeable about homes, market, taxes- anything you could want to know. She is also an excellent advocate for her clients during negotiations, which really came in handy when you're a nervous first-time home buyer.Less

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/22/2014 - par167 Bought a home in 2014. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa Kelly is the hardest working woman I know! If you are in the market to buy or sell take it from my personal experience she delivers results!In Polk County or anywhere else for that matter you will be hard pressed to ever get better service. Paul Renner.....

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/25/2012 - user027478 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $275K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is the most professional realtor I've ever worked with... she's direct, honest, highly-knowledgable, very responsive and a consummate professional. She played fundamentally important roles in helping us to sell our house in a tough market. She's a hard worker and also gave us great advice and we were able to sell after listing for about 30 days. She then helped us find and close on our dream home. Her persistance and negotiating savvy helped us buy a house that was not a very convential listing. If we'd had an average realtor, we'd have been a lot less successful with both our deals. I'd recommend Lisa to anyone who wants to work with a genuine professional. She could write a book on what it takes to be an outstanding service provider.

 

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02/09/2012 - Alyson7707 Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $125K in Bartow, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: We absolutely loved our experience with Lisa.. She is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to finding the home of your dreams. We couldn't be happier with the home she found us or the time we spent with her--she made the experience exciting and easy. We do not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family and will absolutely work with her in the future. Thanks again Lisa! -Michael & Alyson Elrod

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/08/2012 - AimeeWeed Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $100K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa was always quick to respond to my questions. I honestly think that my family and I would not be in this wonderful house without her hard work. She is honest, not afraid to give her opinion in a helpful way, and she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of her job.

 

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Wonderful wonderful experience. Lisa is what I call a dream maker. I had the dream, and she made it a reality.Lisa's hard work, her quick response, her compassion in knowing I was a single mom purchasing my first house, has earned my loyalty in using her as my realtor for life.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 03/09/2011 - reedswife11 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $75K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: This woman is amazing, we have run into every road block imaginable and she has negotiated our problems quickly and effectivly everytime. Always available and Always puts her clients first

 

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