Downsizing your home can be beneficial at any stage of life.
With each year that passes, most of us gain more and more stuff. Many of us have closets filled with items we aren’t using, and things stored away in the attic that never see the light of day. Many people buy a home when they are first starting their family, ensuring they have enough space for everyone. Years pass, the kids eventually move out on their own, they house feels too large and so much stuff that is no longer necessary has accumulated.
Read on for some helpful tips for easier downsizing, so it’s not a worry when you’re ready to sell your home.
Tip #1 – The One Year Rule
You might have heard this rule for your closets. Turn all the hangers backward, and anything still backward in a year should be given away. One year may be a good rule for younger people. People over forty may want to choose a wiser rule of five or ten years. You can also apply this rule to other clutter-prone areas such as kitchen gadgets, craft supplies, old DVD’s, and so on.
Tip #2 – Repurpose And Give
Everyone has belongings they keep out of sentimentality. Just remember, having too much can weigh you down. Maybe your kids or grandkids would love to have your old Chrismas ornaments that are lying around in the closet. Things such as old toys, clothes, and artworks can find new homes with people you love. Just seeing storage space emptier and more organized will make probably you feel better.
Tip #3 – Look Through All The Boxes
Sure, this is a lot of work. Many people find that all kinds of random possessions, only keeping one or two things, giving away or throwing away the rest. It’s usually surprising to see some of the things that just collect over the years.
Tip #4 – Assess Your Furniture
Do you need the massive sectional sofa anymore? Is the giant coffee table still a necessity? Think about your future new space, and what kind of items will fit nicely. You can ditch the entertainment center, and instead, hang the TV up on a wall. You can opt for a smaller couch, dining table, etc. You can sell these items, and use the cash toward new furniture for your new space.
Tip #5 – Digitize Where It Makes Sense
Do you have piles of papers all over the house? It seems we all have a stack of papers (or 5) that we are going to get around to dealing with. Make that time now and toss or shred anything that is no longer needed. You can scan in old bills and receipts if needed, and opt to go paperless for future statements. Make a rule to deal with mail as it comes in instead of letting it pile up everywhere.
Tip #6 – Get Rid Of The Dupes
Do you need 4 sets of wine glasses or will one set do? Do you need two desks in the office or can you share one? There are many instances where people buy 2 of something, never using both at the same time. Take an inventory and keep your favorite items, giving away or selling the other items.
Tip #7 – Organize Everything
Before moving, take the time to organize all of your belongings. Group books, glassware, clothing, and other items. This will make packing and moving simple when you decide to go. Label all boxes and only pack similar items together.
Tip #8 – Hire A Pro
Yes, there is such a thing. You can hire a professional organizer to help you clear out the clutter. They can offer objective opinions if you are debating holding on to an unused item. They will help you get your belongings in order, making an eventual move a breeze.