Do you have too much stuff?

People downsize at various stages in life. College students squeeze into dorm rooms. Newlyweds combine two households into one. Empty nesters may move to a smaller house or apartment, and older adults move to retirement community apartments.

Learn the ins and outs of downsizing, estate sales and preparing to move at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor Aug. 15.

Knowing where to start can be overwhelming. Val Rush, co-owner of VB Estate Sales in Arkansas City, has seven years of experience helping families downsize and conducting estate sales. Learn about downsizing, estate sale planning and moving assistance services at this free event.

“The Ins and Outs of Downsizing” will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the chapel at Arkansas Presbyterian Manor, 1711 N. Fourth. The presentation is free, and refreshments will be served. To reserve your space, call Marketing Director Tara Clawson at 620-506-0375 or send us an email. gives these tips for anyone looking at moving to a home with less space:

Take inventory. What would you replace if it were all gone? Make three lists: must haves, can live withouts and things I could replace (with smaller versions, such as a TV, table or sofa).

Sell or donate. What are you better off owning? Part with the things you don’t need, and sell them or donate them. You’ll probably be surprised at how much stuff you have “just in case.” Why not sell that extra furniture or unused camping gear and save the money for the things you’ll really need in the future. Donations are also great because you help a good cause and may get a tax deduction for your efforts.

Never duplicate. LifeHacker says to “get out of the mindset that you can have multiples of an item just because you prefer one or the other in very niche circumstances.”

Join us at “The Ins and Outs of Downsizing” on Friday at 1:30 to get more specific tips from Val Rush.

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