3 Steps to Declutter When Downsizing
When you are moving, especially if you plan to move into a smaller space, the first thing you may be thinking about is, “how do I get rid of all of this stuff since I moved in?” Your new smaller space might have fewer places for all of the things you stored away because you didn’t need them at the time but might have been holding onto “just in case.” In a smaller home with less storage, you don’t have the luxury of holding onto stuff.
Here are three steps to help declutter your home when preparing to downsize.
- Make A Plan
Before starting, make sure you take a walk around your new place and see how ample the storage space is in each room. You will then be able to gauge how much you will be able to take with you.
When deciding what to keep and what to donate, do one room at a time. Moving is stressful and time-consuming, so taking your time and planning a little bit each day can help a lot.
- Sort Your Belongings
Ask yourself, “when was the last time I used this?” If the answer is longer than a year, then you probably will never use it again.
Use a yes/no system to determine what to keep and what to get rid of. Make sure not to have a “maybe” pile. That will only make the process take longer than needed.
Once you have your “no” pile, you need to decide what to do with it. Special items you want to keep around can be given to family members or friends. Furniture that is in good condition can probably be sold either online or in a garage sale. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling everything, donating them is a great option, and many places will pick up right from your house.
- Preserve Memories
Photo albums are essential to share memories, but physical albums are not as necessary anymore. Physical albums take up a lot of space, so digitizing them is a great way to preserve the memories and allow the room they would have been in to be taken up by something else more necessary. The digitized photos can then be put onto a digital picture frame, so you can still enjoy them even though there are no longer physical copies of them anymore.
Scrapbooking is an excellent solution for other keepsakes that might have been put in a box and shoved away. If you collect movie or airplane tickets, playbills, or letters, they can be all put in one place to be on display rather than put in a box at the back of a closet.
Decluttering can be a very emotional process, especially if you have been in your home for a long time. You will discover items you haven’t seen in years, and you will have to decide what to do with them. Give yourself time to reminisce and remember all the fantastic memories, and then make a decision. Keep space limitations in mind. Take what is truly valuable. Only you can decide what you cannot live without.
Just imagine after this process is over, you will be standing in your new, decluttered home feeling refreshed and satisfied.
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