Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to our homes. Downsizing can be the right move at any stage of life, especially if you’re pursuing a simpler and more minimalistic lifestyle. But is it something easy to accomplish? Not exactly. Decluttering and downsizing can feel like a daunting task, mainly when it comes to sentimental items accumulated over the years. It also requires a lot of energy, which is why we recommend you start preparing with these downsizing tips we’ve collected for you:
Moving can be an extremely stress-filled transitional period in one’s life. To make things as manageable as possible, you should start the downsizing process promptly to give yourself time to organize everything calmly and thoughtfully. Our recommendation? Start at least three months before you plan to move. If you don’t give yourself enough time, you will likely take too many things with you and not get the result you were hoping for.
Take Inventory Of All Your Belongings
After years of living in a home, it’s hard to have a mental note of everything you own. That’s why you should start the process by taking an inventory of your belongings – clothes, kitchenware, furniture, etc. – and include the measurements of the larger items. Once you’ve cataloged everything of significance, you can start deciding what will be a good fit for your new place.
One Space At A Time
The thought of decluttering your whole home might be daunting, so remember to take it one step at a time. Instead of rolling up your sleeves to go through your entire home at once, break it down room-by-room.
Sell, Donate or Toss
When the time comes to start making decisions on what will stay and what will go, set clear decluttering ground rules. Only keep the things you really need and that make sense in your new lifestyle. As for the rest, you can do three things: sell, donate, or toss. Some items are so worn or broken that you have no choice but to throw them away. Others can make you a few extra dollars, or be a great match to someone in need.
Digitalize Your Documents
Most people don’t realize it, but paper clutter can really add up, especially when you live in the same house for a long time. To declutter as much as possible, go through old bills, receipts, and other documents, and recycle anything you don’t need. As for the rest, whenever it’s suited, just scan the files and save them on your computer. Remember that home movies, music, and photo albums can also be converted into digital files.
Make a Pan For Your Future Purchases
While your focus is on getting rid of stuff, don’t forget to plan for anything new entering your home. Start making a list of things you want to buy and examine each item carefully. Will it make sense in your new, downsized lifestyle? When you invest so much time and effort into getting rid of things, you should offer the same effort to things coming into your home.
To declutter and downsize is an emotional, time-consuming process that’s a little different for everyone. If you realize that you need help decluttering and organizing your new home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your goals for a clean, clutter-free environment.