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Downsizing your home can be a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can be manageable and even liberating. Here are some steps to help you downsize your home:
- Start early: Give yourself plenty of time to go through your belongings and make decisions about what to keep and what to let go.
- Start small: Begin with a small area or category of items, such as a closet or a collection of books, to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Eliminate rooms you won’t have in your new home: If you’re moving to a smaller home, you may not have as many rooms as you do now. Focus on getting rid of items from rooms that won’t exist in your new home.
- Get rid of duplicates: If you have multiple items that serve the same purpose, such as two blenders or three sets of dishes, choose the one you like best and donate or sell the others.
- Only make Yes or No piles — no Maybes: When sorting through your belongings, make firm decisions about what to keep and what to let go. Avoid creating a “maybe” pile, as this will only prolong the process.
- Reduce collections creatively: If you have collections of items, such as figurines or stamps, consider keeping only your favourites and finding creative ways to display them.
- Don’t be afraid to sell things yourself: Consider selling items that are still in good condition through online marketplaces or garage sales.
- Allow some time to reminisce: It’s natural to feel nostalgic when going through your belongings. Allow yourself some time to reminisce, but try not to let it derail the downsizing process.
We hope this guide helps you downsize your home with ease!
What people often forget when downsizing:
When downsizing, people often focus on large items such as furniture and appliances, but there are many smaller items that can easily be overlooked. Some common items that people forget to downsize include:
- Clothing: It’s easy to accumulate a large wardrobe over time, but when downsizing, it’s important to go through your clothing and keep only the items that you wear regularly.
- Kitchen gadgets: Many people have a collection of kitchen gadgets that they rarely use. Consider donating or selling any gadgets that you haven’t used in the past year.
- Books: Books can take up a lot of space, so it’s important to go through your collection and keep only the ones that you truly value.
- Sentimental items: It can be difficult to part with sentimental items, but when downsizing, it’s important to be selective about what you keep. Consider taking photos of items that you want to remember but don’t have room for.
- Paperwork: Many people have boxes of old paperwork that they no longer need. Go through your paperwork and shred anything that is no longer necessary.
Remember, when downsizing, it’s important to focus on keeping the items that are truly important to you and letting go of the rest.
Getting a plan in place will help to keep you on track when working on downsizing your home, so we have a simple checklist you can use to start to pair down room-by-room before you start to pack. Download the checklist here: Downsizing Checklist