Are you entering the tiny house revolution or are you simply losing a bedroom?
Either way, you’re losing space and will need to shed some excess pounds to so. And, whether you’re doing it for financial reasons or to live more simply, downsizing your home is a lesson in decluttering and remaining organized.
The following tips will help you downsize your home while keeping your sanity.
Measure Your New Space
Since you’re losing space, you’ll need to know if your current furniture will fit and how much of your stuff you can comfortably accommodate.
Measure each room, the bathroom(s), your cabinets and even the garage if you have one. All space, at this point, is necessary.
Take Inventory Of Everything You Own
Go through the house with a fine-tooth comb. Open cabinets and drawers and any storage containers and areas you haven’t been through in quite some time.
Odds are you’ll find things you forgot you had or thought were lost. At the least, you’ll find things you don’t intend to use anymore.
Conduct a Preliminary Purge
Get rid of anything you’ll have no use for in your smaller home. Things like old newspapers, paperwork you’ve been saving “just in case” and broken items should be removed immediately.
You may also want to eliminate any duplicates or multiples. You don’t really need three cheese graters, do you?
Sell Some Stuff
Even if you don’t want or need certain things, others do. You can benefit from their needs and get paid for it. Have a yard sale for low-cost items like used toys and kitchenware. It’s also a good idea to sell any furniture you won’t be taking with you to your new, downsized home.
Put higher-value items online. You can often get the best value for them on auction sites, like E-bay.
Donate Some Stuff
Items you don’t think have much value, but feel can still be useful should be donated. You can at least get a tax write off when you donate to organizations like the Salvation Army and the Goodwill.
These organizations even accept furniture, so any furniture you don’t cash in on at the
Know When to Throw Things Away When Downsizing Your Home
Not everything is a gem. You may be holding onto things because you’re used to having them even though they serve no purpose.
You might have loved that sweatshirt from 1995, but it’s threadbare and serves no practical purpose other than sentimental value. If you have others like it in better shape, then keeping it is only adding to the clutter you’re trying to rid yourself of.
Don’t Do It Alone
Let’s face it. There are times when you’ll have trouble getting rid of things you don’t need, or even really want. You just want to keep them out of habit.
Enlist the help of a friend or family member you trust to help you clear the clutter.
If your mom is the queen of organization, or you have a coworker who swears by a color-coded packing and storage system they should be the first calls you make.
Look For Multipurpose Furniture
When buying furniture for your downsized home, consider items that meet multiple needs. You’ll likely need more storage in your new space, so furniture with hidden compartments or cubby holes are ideal.
A storage ottoman or lift top coffee table that serves as storage, a dining table/desk and, a coffee table can help make the most of the smaller space.
Consider a Storage Unit (When Needed)
A storage unit is not an excuse to hoard everything you own, that doesn’t fit in your downsized home. However, there may be things you might not be able to part with.
Things like family heirlooms or items that have significant monetary value, for example, a collection of rare baseball cards may warrant a place in storage. If not in a bank safety deposit box.
Embrace Your Smaller Space
It may seem traumatic at first, but downsizing can be cathartic. You learn to let go of unnecessary clutter, get rid of things that weigh you down, and unburden yourself of needless thing.
Downsizing your home doesn’t have can be the best decision you’ve ever made. If you’re looking to make things simpler, more affordable, or just eliminate excess baggage, downsizing might be the best way to go.
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