A GUIDE TO DOWNSIZING WHAT TO KEEP, GIFT, DONATE, AND THROW OUT
Many homeowners reach a point in their lives when they’re ready to move from the house they raised their families in to something smaller and more manageable. While finding the right place can be a challenge, the hardest part of downsizing is often sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions. This process, called contents downsizing, is much easier when you follow this four-step system.
Vincent de Paul. Donations are a way to give back to the less fortunate instead of simply giving or throwing things away.
GIVE GIFTS TO LOVED ONES If you have children, they will undoubtedly want to keep a few cherished mementos and precious possessions. Deciding who will keep what can be a sensitive subject, so you’ll need to devise an equitable way to divvy up the goods. Some families engage in the process collaboratively, but there should always be some communication before anything is thrown out. Your kids may value certain items more than you ever realized. If you suspect a certain heirloom could be a source of contention, it’s best to hold on to it and make it part of your estate plan. ONLY KEEP THE ESSENTIALS After completing the first three steps, you should be left with only those items you actually use and those that have the most sentimental value to you. These are the objects worth bringing to your new home. BONUS TIP: COLOR CODE EACH CATEGORY Odds are that you’ll find junk and valuables stored right next to each other. If you don’t have time to physically separate them at the moment, use different colored Post-it notes to keep everything organized when it comes time to move.
START WITH THE JUNK Beginning your downsizing with the hardest items will only lead to frustration and inaction. Instead, start by tackling areas of the house that are full of documents, knickknacks, and boxes you haven’t touched in years. These will be the easiest to part with and will put you in the right downsizing mindset. DONATE UNWANTED ITEMS The next category contains items that are no longer valuable to you or your family but may be useful to others. These items can be donated to one of many worthy organizations, such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or St.
PATIENT SUCCESS STORY
CHERI NAVIDI’S EXPERIENCE AT NORTH COUNTY
There is no greater compliment we can receive than one that comes from a patient. Every aspect of our practice prioritizes patient care above all, so plaudits from the people we serve mean the world to us. One of our recent patients, Cheri Navidi, was kind enough to relay her experiences working with Dr. Ryann Cacciotti. Here is Cheri’s story. I love gardening, and one day, as I was walking on a paved walkway, I suffered an injury. I fell and landed on my left arm. During a visit to an orthopedist, he told me I cracked the circumference of a bone. He said I needed to get PT if I wanted to recover full mobility in my arm. At the time, I was only able to hold my arm to my chest due to the pain caused by movement. Though I was not sure if I could survive PT, I went anyway. After the first visit, I felt so much better, and I was on my way to getting my dominant hand back. Ryann managed to relax my hand. The muscles moved less painfully, and I was able to use my arm more. In conclusion, PT helped lessen the pain, make movement easier, and shorten recovery time. I am afraid of what would have happened to my arm had I not had the therapy. Thanks!
Dr. Cacciotti’s mission was to ensure that Cheri would be able to return to her garden and enjoy one of her favorite hobbies again.
At North County Water & Sports Therapy Center, we pride ourselves on providing treatment that allows our patients to do what they love pain-free.
We’re honored to be able to treat patients like Cheri Navidi. Thank you, Cheri, for your kind words; and thank you, Dr. Cacciotti, for all of your hard work.
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