6 Simple Steps to Downsizing Your Home
Almost everyone will need to downsize their home at one stage in their life. This may be for financial reasons, moving to an area with different property price brackets, or because members of the family have left home and you no longer need as much space. If you choose to downsize, then it is probable that you will no longer have enough space for all of the things that you currently own. Deciding what to keep and what to throw away can be difficult, but following these tips should help.
One of the biggest challenges is throwing things away, but this is an important step in downsizing. Although it can seem like an almost impossible task, it is important that you are strict with yourself. Start with things that you have two or more of. Do you really need multiple items? Next, look for things that are broken and waiting in your ‘I’ll-fix-it-one-day’ pile, or that you haven’t used for over a year. If the items you do not use are worn or of poor quality, throw them away.
Sell unwanted items
When you have sorted through your belongings, decide what you no longer want to keep. Having already thrown as much as possible away, you should only be left with items that you do not need or use, but that are in good condition. Selling these items has the additional benefit of earning you a bit of extra cash. Hold a garage sale or car boot sale and try to get rid of as many things as possible for a nice profit. Anything that you don’t sell, consider giving to a charity op-shop.
In a larger home you are likely to have more items of furniture, and many of these may be larger items to fit the scale of the house. When you downsize, you may find that you have too many pieces, or that they are too large for the proportions of your new home. Before downsizing, measure the rooms in your new house and your current furniture. This will help you to decide what to take with you, what to replace, and what to dispose of or sell. If you are undecided about what to do with some items, then consider using self storage to house your items in case you need them again in the future or find a willing buyer for them.
Most people have more clothes than they actually need, and getting rid of the surplus can really help when downsizing, especially if you will have a smaller wardrobe in your new home. Be ruthless; if you haven’t worn something for a year or it doesn’t fit you, then it is time to get rid of that particular item. If you don’t want to throw clothes away, consider donating them to a charity shop. Alternatively, include them in your garage or car boot sale.
Photographs and mementos
Items such as photographs, souvenirs and mementos are the types of things that people tend to hoard and that clutter up your house. If these are special to you, it is unlikely that you will want to be parted from them. However, in preparation for downsizing, there are ways that you can reduce the amount of space they take up. If your photographs are all in envelopes, then consider putting them into albums as this will take up less room. Creative people might want to consider creating a collage out of their favourite mementos and photos. Not only will this mean they take up less space, it will also create an interesting and unique artwork for the wall in your new home, and they will get seen more often than they do just sitting in envelopes. You could also consider scanning old photographs and saving them onto a hard drive or computer. There they will also be safer in case of fire or water damage.
Consider storage options
Just because you are moving into a smaller home does not necessarily mean you have to get rid of all of your possessions. Think about what the storage options are in your new home. Is there a basement, attic, or a space under the stairs? Does the house have a garage or shed that you can use for storage? Are there ways that you can be creative with spaces such as alcoves to store your belongings? If you feel that your storage options are limited and you still have too many possessions for your new smaller abode, then hiring a storage unit could be the perfect solution for you. You can access it whenever you want to, so you know your possessions will never be far away when you decide that you need them.