October 28, 2019 at 12:29pm | Blair Schwisow
Here’s an idea from one homeowner who’s just completed a complicated exit from a sizeable house
to a smaller property. It’s a last-minute strategy that could be helpful for Boise readers who are planning a
similar downsizing move.

Currently, the Boomer generation leads the pack of Boise downsizers who face similar associated
challenges. They’re emotional as well as practical—and this idea could be helpful on both scores.

The challenge of downsizing comes with paring down all the sheer scale of household bric-a-brac
that builds up over the course of daily living. Some of the stuff may be saleable, but especially lately,
because downsizing is becoming so rampant, most is not. The old, non-electronic ingredient scale may be
perfectly functional but is currently more likely to end up in a landfill instead of on anyone’s kitchen
counter. Why it wasn’t disposed of when the spiffy newer gizmo took its place is just human nature—we
hesitate to throw things out when they still work!

But for older Boise downsizers, there’s an emotional dimension to the process. When you’re wading
through those boxes that haven’t been opened for ages to see if they’re of value, you find yourself with a
dilemma. You can’t just toss all those cartons filled with envelopes jammed with pictures of bygone days
—even when you know only a few are true gotta-save keepers. Every carton may have an irreplaceable
family heirloom tucked in there alongside its eminently disposable cousin—but as a practical matter,
when the moving van will soon be idling in the driveway, unless you are a hyper-organized person, the
amount of time it would take to go through everything won’t be left.

The solution this householder found was to locate a storage facility halfway between the old home
and the new. In their case, moving from a 6,000 square foot property to one half that size an hour’s drive
away was aided greatly by temporarily renting a 10’x20’ unit. The space wound up being packed with
assorted chests, cartons, pieces of luggage. There were even gardening tools that might or might not be
useful in the new property—they would be stored until a few months of experience determined whether
they’d be valuable or not.

Having this “halfway” solution can relieve a good deal of the deadline-induced stress that any move
entails. Another stress reducer is being able to rely on an experienced real estate pro helping with all the
other details of buying and selling any Boise property. I’ll be standing by to help!

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