People have different reasons for needing to downsize their home. Sometimes it's because of income loss. Other times, people have too much space after kids growing up and leaving the house. Some just look for a simpler life with less space and fewer things to take care of. If you're hoping to downsize successfully before moving to a new home, there are some things you can do make it easier. Here are some tips to consider, such as:
1. Start in the spaces that you forget about.
Fitting into a smaller home usually means doing without as much storage space as you had before. You won't have as much room for "extras" that you currently keep in storage rooms, sheds, garages, basements, or attics. You'll want to cut down on these "forgotten" items as much as you can to make way for the things you actually use on a day to day basis. Things like Christmas decorations and trees, camping gear, Halloween costumes, and seldom-used tools can all be cut back.
2. Give things away that you're keeping for family.
If you're holding on to heirlooms and keepsakes, it's best to pas them on now, before you move. If, for example, you still have your son's box of awards from karate, pass those on to him to go through and keep if he wants them. If you're hoping to pass on a set of china to your daughter or an old piano to a friend, take care of those items before going through the trouble of packing and moving them.
3. Eliminate the doubles, even if it's hard.
Most people have two of things that they use a lot, but they end up using one more than the other. For instance, you might have two spring coats, but you always wear the tan one because it goes with more outfits, leaving the green patterned one in the closet unused. When downsizing, keep the item that you use more. This applies to dishes as well. You might have beautiful dishes for special occasions, but you use your simple glassware every day. The simple glassware is what you keep, and the special occasion dishes get sold or passed on.
4. Don't have a maybe pile.
Finally, it's natural to have a keep pile and a get-rid-of pile, but many people also make a middle pile for maybes. Maybes usually get rationalized into becoming keeps. Play hard from the outset and don't have a maybe pile. If you can't think of a great reason to keep something right from the start, throw it in the giveaway box.
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