Regardless of what stage of life you are in, downsizing your house can always be beneficial. It can feel suffocating and overwhelming to be surrounded by extra space, rooms, and possessions. In this article, we will discuss how to downsize in a stress-free way.
“Stuff” tends to accumulate over the years. Most of our closets are teeming with items we never use, and our attics are full of bags and objects that never see the sunlight. People often buy a house when they begin to start their family so that they will have plenty of room for everyone. However, as time passes, children grow up and move out — this leaves parents with a house that is much too large and full of clutter. Down below we provide some helpful tips for downsizing, making the process much easier when it comes time.
Tip #1 – The One Year Rule
This is a great tip that you should apply to all of your closets. Flip all of your hangers so that they face backward. In a year, if anything is still backward, give it away. If you haven’t worn something for an entire year, chances are, you won’t be wearing it this year either. These underused items take up valuable space in your closet. You may have a couple of sentimental items, but do your best to keep them to a minimum. You can use this strategy when it comes to other cluttered spaces in your home. Think craft drawers, kitchen cabinets, old shelves that house DVDs and books, etc. If something was not used in the last year, it’s unlikely that you will need or use it in the future.
Tip #2 – Repurpose And Give
It is likely that you hold on to many things because they have sentimental value to you. Of course, it is alright to keep some of these items, but if you keep too much it will clutter your home. Perhaps your children or grandchildren would like to have your old ornaments, coasters, and paperweights. Items like old clothing, toys, and art can be reused and appreciated by your loved ones. This way you will know that your valued possessions are being used and cared for, but they won’t take up so much space in your home.
Tip #3 – Look Through All The Boxes
You might be surprised at what has piled up over the years!
It might seem like a lot of work, but you will come across all the random possessions you’ve accumulated through the years. You may decide to keep a couple of sentimental items and choose to gift or throw out the rest. What you find might surprise you!
Tip #4 -Reevaluate Your Furniture
Do you still need your enormous sectional sofa? How about the massive coffee table in the living room? If you have difficulty parting with furniture pieces, take a second to imagine what your future space will look like. Will the sofa take up too much room? Make some compromises. Rather than keep your full-fledged entertainment center, hang the TV up on the wall. Swap out your couch and table for smaller versions, and sell your old items. Perhaps you can use the cash to purchase new furniture for your home!
Tip #5 – Where It Makes Sense, Digitize!
Stacks of paper cover every surface. Sound like your home? It seems that every home accumulates piles of papers that we say we will “deal with later.” Deal with it now! Sort through the mess and dispose of anything you no longer need. Digitize information you may need in the future. Scan in receipts and old bills, and choose to go paperless for future statements. Set a new standard; tell yourself that in the future, you will handle mail as it comes instead of letting it build up.
Tip #6 – Get Rid Of The “Multiples”
Do you really need all four sets of wine glasses, or is one enough? Are both desks in your office necessary, or will a single shared desk suffice? Many times people purchase two of the same thing and find they rarely use them both. Keep your favorite items, but either sell or give away the others.
Tip #7 – Organize Everything
Before you move, organize all of your belongings thoroughly. Group together items that are in the same category, pack them into boxes. Make sure you label each box and set boxes that have similar items together.
Tip #8 -Enlist The Help Of A Professional
A professional organizer will help you cut down on your clutter and will offer objective opinions (this is helpful if you can’t decide which items to hang on to!). They will also help you gather up and organize your belongings so that when it is time to move, the process is a breeze.