What You Need to Know About Downsizing

Whether you’re an empty-nester, planning on moving to the city, or just want to live a simpler life, downsizing your home may be a good option for you. Here we will share with you some tips on what you should know if you are looking to downsize.

Take Your Time

Downsizing often takes longer than you expect, so don’t think you can do it all in one weekend. Take your time going through each of your belongings and sorting out what items you’ll keep, sell, and re-home. It may seem overwhelming at first to pick through every item one by one, but it will make the process much less stressful! Once you get into the groove of things, you might actually enjoy it!

Start Small

It is much easier to start in the smaller rooms of your home and work your way up than to just dive in head first into a room full of junk you’ve had for years. Pick rooms that have little emotional attachment to sort through first. This way, you won’t find yourself overwhelmed with what seems like a whole house full of sentimental value.

Be Realistic

Consider the space available to you in your next home and assess your belongings accordingly. If it won’t fit in the new space, don’t keep it. You also need to ask yourself why you want to keep certain things. If it is a matter of price, sell it. If it is a matter of sentimental value, take photos around your home with these items to preserve their memory. Save them in a photo book so you can always look back and enjoy them without sacrificing your space.

Consider Purpose

Every piece and room in your home should have a specific purpose. When downsizing, it is common that people will want to bring everything they can fit into their new space without considering what should be there. This technique will have you questioning why you brought that extra loveseat when it is obvious that a single chair would work much better in that space. Selling old furniture means you can buy new furniture, so look for new pieces that have additional storage and can serve a dual purpose.

Make Yes or No Piles

It is easy to want to sort things into yes, no, or maybe piles. But what usually happens is that the maybe pile ends up way bigger than you expect and you just can’t decide what to do next. Get rid of items that are a definite “no” and keep items that are a definite “yes”. If you’re still struggling with what to get rid of, ask yourself Marie Kondo style, “Does this item spark joy?”. If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no, it’s time to say goodbye. Another way to sort out your yes and no piles is by using the one year rule. If you haven’t used this item in the last year, you probably won’t use it again.

Get a Second Opinion

If you’re a total pack rat and organizing just doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Getting an objective opinion from a friend or professional organizer might just be exactly what you need to figure out what really needs to go and what can stay. These people can be especially helpful if you have a lot of sentimental items that you just don’t know what to do with.

Spend Time with Family and Friends

Downsizing doesn’t have to be done alone. In fact, downsizing can serve as a great opportunity to bond with friends and family that have enjoyed their time with you and your belongings. Use this time to reminisce with them and share in the joy of sorting through some of your favorite items from your past. This also gives you an opportunity to pass down family heirlooms and cherished childhood toys to your loved ones. Spending time with them also serves as a reminder that it isn’t the stuff that is important to your most cherished memories, but the people around you with whom you shared them.

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