Are you considering downsizing your home? Check out these 8 tips to help you out and determine if downsizing is the right option for you!
The idea of downsizing does not really appeal to some. It is hard for them to leave more space and move to somewhere smaller. In the process, everything seems poky and you do not know where to fit all your items.
It is natural to be resistant, and you do not need to downsize your house if you opposed the idea. However, remember that with downsizing, you can enjoy a quality life and that too in the resources that you already have.
Why You Should Downsize?
Downsizing to a smaller home means less maintenance, lower bills and more time to do the things you adore. It is an exercise of both saving money and time.
Still not convinced? Here is an eye-opening fact! In later age of life, 90% of people prefer a property without stairs and a huge garden which requires maintenance. They long for limited accessibility. But at the very end of your life, it is hard to switch your lifestyle from more space to limited accessibility. Hence, the idea of downsizing deserves a second thought.
If you do not know where to start and where to seek help? Do not worry, as we are here to guide you for a better shot.
Below we offer some great tips for downsizing, making it easier to sell when you are ready.
Tip #1 – The One Year Rule
You might have heard this rule for your closets. Turn all the hangers backwards, and anything still backward in a year should be given away. These are the items you don’t wear, but that are taking up valuable real estate in your closet. While you might have one or two sentimental items, try to keep these to a minimum. You can also apply this rule to other clutter-prone areas of your house. Think kitchen gadgets, craft supplies, old DVD’s, and so on. If you haven’t used it in the past year, the odds are pretty low that it will get any use in the future.
Tip #2 – Repurpose And Give
You likely have many things you are keeping due to sentimental value. While it is more than ok to hang on to some of this stuff, 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. This way you can find joy in knowing they are being used and loved, without taking up storage space in your house. You can also give to charity and help those that may not be able to afford new things. It's a win/win for everyone!
Tip #3 – Look Through All The Boxes
Sure, this might seem like a lot of work. But for many people, they will find that all kinds of random possessions have accumulated. They will only end up keeping one or two things, giving away or throwing away the rest. You might be surprised at what has piled up over the years! You can use this tip simultaneously with tip #2.
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 centre, 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
Piles of papers all over the house. Does this sound familiar? 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 favourite 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.
Sounds like something you'd see on HGTV, right 😉
You must act now. So many advantages and opportunities are waiting for you. If you need more information about downsizing your home, please leave a comment below or submit a form on the contact page!
Author: Ahsan Malyk