5 Best Tips for Homeowners Who Are Downsizing: Top editor’s choices
So, it's time to downsize. Glancing around your home, you may feel overwhelmed or discouraged by the prospect but take courage. It's not as daunting as it currently seems. Once you get started it will get easier, so here are 5 quick tips to get you started.
Step 1: Take photos of items you enjoy but have no reason or desire to keep
Sometimes having a photo is really all you need to remember the good times.
Snap photos of each of the rooms in your home before you start the downsizing process.
This will enable you to reflect and enjoy these rooms long after you move.
It will also free you to let go of items you no longer need but want to remember.
Note: Consider offering items you can't keep to friends or family, as this often makes parting with things easier. But be certain to communicate to those you love that they need not feel obligated to take what you offer. Finally, try selling items that you don't want to toss.
Step 2: Identify which items you love and don't want to live without
Once you identify the items you absolutely want to keep, it will make parting with the rest less difficult. Make a "must keep" list and ruthlessly let go of what's not on it.
If you haven't used an item in a year, consider whether or not you truly think you'll need it in your next home.
Visualize what you want to take with you to a new home. If an item doesn't fit your vision, don't take it.
If it's clutter in this home,
it will become clutter in your next home.
Step 3: Be realistic with your goals and expectations
We typically think we can accomplish more in a day than is actually feasible. Not to mention, the process of going through your belongings can be emotionally taxing.
Once you know what your plans for the future entail, start the downsizing process earlier than you think you should. Do it little by little, taking breaks as often as you need them to avoid burnout.
Remember: Things get most stressful when time is running low. Set goals and reward yourself for meeting them. If you get stuck, do a simple task like cleaning out a cupboard or drawer, as this can motivate you to return to the larger tasks. Ask a friend to help.
Step 4: Consider cost
If you are unsure whether or not to get rid of something that you don't really love but aren't sure whether or not you might use in the future, ask yourself this question: How much would it cost to replace?
Most of the items that turn into clutter are actually inexpensive items that we could replace if we truly needed them later. Consider the amount of real estate each item in your home requires. If you don't use it, wear it, love it, or need it, let it go.
Step 5: Hire a household clearance service to remove unwanted furniture and items
One of the most daunting tasks in downsizing is actually knowing where and how to dispose of unwanted things.
Especially if you are significantly downsizing--i.e., getting rid of furniture or large quantities of paper or knickknacks--it makes sense to bring in a household clearance service who can clear your house quickly.
Not only is this most efficient, but it can take a large load (literally!) off your mind.
Downsizing is a big process, but it doesn't need to be a difficult or depressing one. Pace yourself, be honest about what truly matters most to you and rely on others--friends, family, and professionals--to lend a hand. When it's all said and done, chances are, you'll be glad you did it!