Downsizing can be a major turning point in someone’s life. Whenever someone moves, they have to pack up everything in their home, interview movers and get estimates for their services, and deal with the stress from shifting their current life to a new location. Downsizing is even harder! Not only are they dealing with the stress from moving, but they are also moving into a smaller space which adds several new challenges to the process. If someone is downsizing, they are probably leaving a home they have inhabited for years. Also, they may have to let go of several cherished items or pieces of furniture in their home to make sure everything fits in their new space. This emotional time can be very taxing! Did you know that accessing and interacting with your pictures and photo albums can make this experience actually less stressful? It can, and here’s how:
Use Those Pictures Like a Blueprint!
When you start to think about downsizing, take a look around your home. Which pieces of furniture display your favorite decorations? Do you have your countertop items arranged in a specific way? What about the curio cabinet that you spent HOURS arranging “just so”? You have spent the time to make your house into a home. You have organized everything to make sense to you. But now that you're moving, you may feel that you have to start all over again. Not so! By using pictures, you can make the downsizing process go much smoother.
Use pictures like a blueprint! Go around your home and find every location that has a specific organizational structure, then take a picture of these locations. Now that you have the images saved, you can recreate your home in your new space! Because you took the time to document how things were arranged throughout the house, you can save time in the new space when you unpack everything. You will not have to second-guess yourself when you try to remember how your curio cabinet was set up; you have the blueprint!
Archive your Memories!
Another way pictures can help in the downsizing process is by helping you remember the past! When you are downsizing, you may have to let go of items and furniture you have owned for years. But that doesn’t mean that you have to forget about them! Before letting anything go, take a picture! (It’ll last longer) You can also take photos of entire rooms to remember how they were arranged in your home. And why stop there? Take a picture of your home’s outside and any beautiful views you can see from your windows.
Once you have collected all of the photos you want from your home, you can compile them into a photo album. By using programs like Mpix, Mixbook, or Shutterfly, you can have a beautiful album created, which you can then show to your loved ones or keep to help you remember your time at your previous house. If you are not sure how to create a digital album, we are always here to help you get it done!
Downsizing can be a crazy time. But you can make it less stressful by utilizing pictures to your advantage. Use photographs to make your life easier when you are settling into your new home. When you move spaces, you don't have to forget about your past. Photos can provide reminders of how things were, and you can look back with fond memories while looking forward with positivity.