Things You Should Get Rid Of First When Downsizing

Downsizing Home Checklist

Due to my husband’s job, I have traveled across countries and cities. We had to change states and towns. We have experienced that shifting houses is a Herculean task; it requires a super man’s strength. We have observed in the past that the house gets cluttered now and then. It may vary with every household. Typically too much-cluttered places happen in a family with kids and grandparents. We tend to ignore how many things a home can accommodate. Emotional attachment with old items and antiques is common in households. due to which houses get to be a hoarding place. On a serious note decluttering should be done every month or at least every quarter. This way, you have a handle on things, and we can keep a check on this tendency of hoarding unknowingly.

Every shift has made me realize that clutter eats up the house’s space and energy; it diminishes life instead of enriching it. However, it depends on the area you have. When you have a small space to live, you decide to keep things that matter. On the contrary, the larger home you live in, the more things you want to fill it up. What is happening in life?. Things have grabbed all the importance, focus instead of people, experiences. Take a little time aside and downsize your home step by step.

Tips and Tricks for Downsizing

    1. Plan is decluttering at least 90 days before.
    2. Reconsider what to keep and what to discard.
    3. Digitize Everything possible.
    4. Renting a storage unit can be avoided.
    5. Multifunctional furniture can be prioritized.
    6. Vertical space can be maximized.
    7. Make sure to avoid hidden costs.

Proper decluttering and removal of things you want to discard or sell require patience and time in hand. You can give advertisements in social media circles or sell online items now not needed; it gets money in your pocket and space in your house. It’s a great help to know that you are moving from a more prominent place to a smaller home.

If you are moving from a three-bedroom house,1800 sq feet to a three-bedroom home with 1200 sq feet, you need to look at your furniture and decide whether that can be donated, sold if that may not fit well in your new house space. You can buy 1 or 2 furniture with storage and sell your old furniture for a smaller room. Multiple things occupy space in almirah, wardrobes, house, electronic gadgets, old books, and newspapers, stationery items, storage containers in the kitchen, and old clothes apart from large items in your home.  Plan according to the size of the space you are moving in and start decluttering your house. You may want a smaller center table rather than having a large one, foldable furniture can be more beneficial for smaller spaces, and it looks smart too, given the size of rooms.

Quite overwhelming it is to see how rapidly our house gets cluttered with things; we accumulate so much, in the process of filling up the place with needed things, decorative items we make our home feel even smaller. 

You have to be vigilant before buying stuff for the house. As new things enter your home simultaneously, you must donate, sell your old property to keep the energy and space in good shape. Look out for all the options and sell stuff online too. You should make space for new things to come into your house; it is feasible only when you keep removing old and waste stuff from your areas. In a downsizing house, we have learned the lesser things we have, the less stressed you feel. Using fewer things and saving more, and living a simple and happy life is a new age life mantra.

Small kid’s clothes, useless stationery items, old electronic gadgets that are now not relevant can all be removed. Instead of downsizing once a year, keep clearing clutter at least thrice can be a good idea. Keep donating your good old stuff is an excellent ritual, as in a way, you are helping some needy person and clearing your spaces. Several GOs work relentlessly to get things for underprivileged people; you can search about them and give all your stuff.

You are suggesting tips from my own experience, which have been ultimate for a long time. It would help if you planned to declutter at least 90 days before, reconsider what to keep and what to discard our stuff; digitization of Everything gives you a lot of space, renting a storage unit can be avoided. Multifunctional furniture can be prioritized. Vertical spaces can be maximized. You can use walls for hanging stuff, also saves a lot of room and the house is all perfect.

Consider Items to Retain

Carefully consider which smaller possessions can be thrown away and which one you need since the importance of tiny living is easy to overlook. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself rebuying that item at the end. For instance, if you are shifting locally, you can throw all the cleaning supplies into one box, so you won’t have to rebuy it once you’ve moved. It helps if you start planning with the more oversized items in your house, such as furniture. If you’re shifting from a 3-bedroom quarter to a two-bedroom one, you would be stuck with one extra bed, dresser, bedside table in which you either move to your new place or you would have to bear the cost for a storage unit. 

Prioritizing Furniture

If you’re considering an extra bedroom due to frequent guests staying at your place, think again as it is not justifiable for that additional expense. Instead of paying for a bigger home, you can utilize multifunctional furniture, which can cover rare situations such as guests staying up at your place.

The smaller the place gets, the more functions each item you own should provide, such as folding dinner tables that become a wall-side bench that completely accommodates storage or flattens. Walls mirrors with folding legs to convert into a table. 

You are suggesting tips from my own experience, which have been ultimate for a long time. It would help if you planned to declutter at least 90 days before, reconsider what to keep and what to discard our stuff; digitization of Everything gives you a lot of space, renting a storage unit can be avoided. Multifunctional furniture can be prioritized. Vertical spaces can be maximized. You can use walls for hanging stuff, also saves a lot of room and the house is all perfect.

Avoid Renting a Storage Unit if Possible

Using Storage units can cultivate a bad habit of storing items you don’t require or use; paying for storage of similar items incurs unnecessary expenses. Consider the one-year rule; if you haven’t used an item for over a year, you don’t need it. If you follow this rule, you can easily manage that extra fluff in, slowly accumulating over time. Don’t reserve a pile of items you don’t need and pay for its expenses; if you’re not taking the thing with you to your new home, then you should consider donating, selling, dumping it. For items you hold sentimental attachments to but can’t bear to throw away, consider passing it to a family member or friend. 

 

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