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Lake Oswego Real Estate Downsizing and Decluttering

I have been wanting to write about this topic going on four years now.  Why four years? The reason is I joined a Facebook Group called “365 Days of Eliminating Crap”.  While I am not a hoarder, and don’t have a lot of collections, I realized that when I built my house in 1988, I moved in and did not go through the process of eliminating anything.  I am also not a shopper, so I don’t buy or bring a lot of things home but still have more than I ever want or need.Picture from dirtyandthirty.com

In addition, one of the many reasons I wanted to write about this subject is because I spend a lot of time helping owners, who are getting ready to list their homes with me, declutter.  One of the things I say all the time is, you are going to move anyway, you might was well start decluttering and packing before you put your home on the market for sale.  Further, buyers want a “move in” ready house and your clutter or possessions will detract from your home.

Here is just a short list of what I have learned during the past four years I have been in the Facebook group “365 Days of Eliminating Crap”.  I started this list quite a while ago and could add many more things I have learned to it, but for now, here’s the short list:

 Decluttering Your Lake Oswego Home

The decluttering FB group rules are that we eliminate 1 item a day or multiples of the same 1 item a day — no more than that. The Facebook group has helped me immensely by doing the following:

  • The group holds me accountable posting pics every day plus provides non-judgmental support.
    It is not enough to empty the contents in baskets or storage containers or rent a storage space, but we get rid of all the clutter plus the containers.
  • We sometimes hold on to things because of guilt.
  • Sometimes we have grandiose ideas of what we want to accomplish or do, so we go out and buy all the supplies because we want to duplicate things we see on line or what Martha Stewart does.  We have the best intentions, but then all the supplies accumulate and we never use them.
  • Making more  conscious decisions and becoming more mindful of what we need to get rid of.
  • If it was a gift and I don’t like or want it, it is always harder to let the item go.
  • Many of my books and paper items link to my childhood, marriage, etc. and those are hard to eliminate.
  • Women have a tendency to hold on to clothes thinking they will fit into them again.  In my case, having lost weight my clothes were all too big and yet I still held on to them as a safety net.  I  had various different sizes.
  • There are many groups, professionals who help declutter, or information that can help you especially on Facebook such as KonMari groups, the 365 group I belong to, Project 333, etc.  Know you are not alone.
  • I am a minimalist and would rather have less than more.  This 365 days group has been an eye opener for me.  People who visit me say they don’t see the clutter I am referring to all the time.  I tell them it is all in drawers, my closets or the garage!
  • I am learning to live with fewer clothes and things. I am learning to do without.  I think of our landfills and know they are loaded with junk, trash and all our stuff! I don’t want to contribute to the landfill.  I recycle, compost and donate items to be reused or to those in need.
  • One of my many issues is I have too many hobbies and interests. I live in curiosity daily but need to pull back on some of those and have.
  • I am also becoming more aware of expiration dates on food products.  Instead of buying because I might need it some day, I now only buy food items when I need them.  Also, using up what I have such as spices, etc. before I buy more.
  • I swear, I walk past stuff in my house everyday and don’t see it or even realize it is clutter. It disappears into the background and decluttering makes you look at things closer.
  • I seem to have multiples of many things.  Now before I shop to replace anything, I look to see if I might already have that item.
  • Clutter is silent. It blends in with our surroundings and we don’t even see it.
  • The older I get the more of a procrastinator I have become.
  • Some things provide comfort. I realize I no longer need things to provide that comfort.
  • There are many topics/crafts I have lost interest in over the years. Interests change as you do so getting rid of items attached to those interests should be eliminated.
  • Do not expect to keep your house clean as you are decluttering. Piles become the norm until items are given away or donated.
  • I no longer need to do crafts to fill my days. Those days are gone. The craft items I have, and many are 30+++ years old, have been donated to places that reuse them.  I now have other interests I want to explore and other things to do.
  • Buy stuff because you think you need it or really want it. I have stopped doing that.  If there is a major purchase I think I want, I don’t buy it until after 1 day or more to consider whether I really need it.
  • Things I haven’t used in at least 1 year get automatically discarded.
  • Going through this process I find items did not know I even had and some are now being put to good use.
  • I no longer save things in case I need them or maybe one day will use them. Instead, I donate them to someone, sell them, donate or recycle all those items.

As mentioned above, this is only a short list of things I have learned from decluttering.  Sometimes it is easier than other times to go through this process.  This group only eliminates 1 item a day, which makes it a whole lot easier.

Staycation To Decluter

4th of July weekend is coming up, or perhaps you are planning a staycation at home this year.  Take some time and start decluttering.  I cannot share with you the feeling I get when things are gone and out of the house.  It has been like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders.  And, you can’t even remember what you had or what you got rid of!

365 Days Of Eliminating Crap

If you want to join the group I am talking about, send me an email and I will send you an “invite” to join this great group.

In another post soon, I will write about what resources are available locally to donate, help with removing your clutter, etc. In the meantime, if you would like that information, or have me stop by to assist you with what you might need to do to get your home ready for sale, let me know.

Searching for Real Estate

My phone app http://app.summarealty.com/SMAFZ, has recently been updated.  If you are looking to purchase, this is a great way to search.  Or, if you want instant notifications from RMLS™, please let me know and I can arrange for you to receive alerts for listings as soon as they come on the market for sale.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. Buyers are ready and willing to purchase your home. Call me at 503-804-9685 if you are thinking of making a move. I can help you move forward.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

Having worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and lived in Lake Oswego since 1988, I know all the neighborhoods. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2017. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

 

 

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Lake Oswego Real Estate Seniors Aging In Place Or Downsizing

One of my specialties is assisting buyer/sellers 55+.  I have earned the designation SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) with specialized training from our National Association of REALTORS® and can assist you with your real estate needs.

As you get a little older, your lifestyle changes. Tasks you might have found easy 20, 10, or even fivehttps://lakeoswegorealestateblog.wordpress.com/ years ago — like climbing stairs, hopping into the tub, or crouching in the garden — might be newly difficult. That’s OK. But it’s important that your living space reflects your new lifestyle. The question then is do you downsize to a smaller place or do you want to age in your own home?

Interested in staying in your home while aging?

There is a Village movement that is helping many seniors remain independent.

A meeting is schedule for this evening, April 20 at 5:30 at Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, OR 97034 to educate seniors about aging in place.

Join in at 5:30 for social time and snacks, and the formal agenda at 6 pm.

Lake Oswego Real Estate Downsizing

6 Reasons Why Downsizing Might Be the Right Move For You

Are you thinking of downsizing? An increasing number of people are opting to downsize. Whether you spent your earlier days in a three-story colonial or a sprawling ranch, moving to a smaller place can make things easier for you. Here are six reasons why:

1. Less to clean

Now that the kids are out of the house and have kids of their own, do you really need four bedrooms? Or, more importantly: Do you really need the hassle of vacuuming and dusting them? Sure, all that extra space is nice for family get-togethers and holidays. But the burden of maintaining a house that was meant for more people can be taxing and expensive — especially if you suffer a health setback and need hired help. A smaller apartment or home will allow you to maintain independence and do your own cleaning… but will also make the task more manageable.

2. No yard work

You might love to mow the lawn. Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cut grass? But as you get older, pushing your John Deere around can lead to falls, twisted ankles, or just… exhaustion. What was once a once-a-week pleasure capped by a few cold beers could turn into a slog… or a trip to the doctor’s office. Downsizing your home typically also means downsizing the yard, making maintenance easier (if you’re doing it yourself) or cheaper (if you hire out). You don’t have to give up the outdoors — many communities intended for independent older folks have shared green spaces that allow you to put your feet in the grass without having to also cut it.

3. It’s often cheaper… or even lucrative

If you own your home outright, you might think that making a move isn’t financially feasible. But depending on your home’s value, downsizing can give you a substantial bump in retirement funds. And if you decide to move to an apartment, condo, or a community that’s geared toward other independent retirees, you’ll also often be saved the future expense of home maintenance. Who wants to replace a roof at age 75?

4. A home that’s designed for you

As more and more independent retirees are choosing to downsize, the housing industry has begun to cater to their needs, designing smaller homes, condos, and apartments especially for an aging clientele. That means accessible bathrooms, single-story floor plans, and spaces that make it easy — not hard — to keep doing the things you’ve always done. Instead of fighting your space, you can live in harmony with it. Better yet, it can make daily life safer, via new technology — like Philips Lifeline, which can sense if you’ve fallen in your home and need help.

5. Closer to the center of things

One of the benefits of downsizing is that it gives you the opportunity to reconsider where in your community you’d most like to live. As America’s population ages, it’s increasingly moving back to city centers. As you age, it can be more convenient to be within easy walking distance of shops, pharmacies, restaurants, cultural centers, and health care providers. One of the biggest hurdles to independence as you age is mobility — and often, the ability to drive. Living closer to the center of things means you don’t have to. Want a bite to eat? Need to pick up a prescription? Dinner and a movie? You might be able to just walk.

6. More time for family and friends… and yourself

Less cleaning, less yard work, a shorter commute… Downsizing can often simplify your life, leaving you time you wouldn’t have otherwise. But it can also be the start of a new chapter in life, one that is dedicated to spending time with family and friends… and maybe even a few new neighbors. Many communities geared toward downsizing retirees have social groups, book clubs, and cinema screenings aimed at building new bonds and friendships.

Just because you’re of a certain age, that doesn’t mean that you can’t try a new hobby or make some new friends. Downsizing can help you keep your adventurous spirit and encourage you to try something new. It’s a challenge, but if you’re up for it, the rewards can be substantial.

Searching for Real Estate

My phone app http://app.summarealty.com/SMAFZ, has recently been updated.  If you are looking to purchase, this is a great way to search.  Or, if you want instant notifications from RMLS™, please let me know and I can arrange for you to receive alerts for listings as soon as they come on the market for sale.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Interest rates are still low and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. Buyers are ready and willing to purchase your home. Call me at 503-804-9685 if you are thinking of making a move.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

Having worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and lived in Lake Oswego since 1988, I know all the neighborhoods. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

ALL ABOUT…..Lake Oswego Real Estate. Copyright 2008-2017. Betty Jung. All Rights Reserved. Use of this article, photos and images without permission is a violation of Federal copyright laws.

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Betty Jung, Broker
REALTOR®
CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, CNHSS

Summa Pacific Cascade
4949 Meadows Rd. #100
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035

Licensed in the State of Oregon

503-804-9685 Cell

or email:betty@bettyjung.com

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