We all hit a point where our big, beautiful house feels too large. If it started as a family home, this often happens after your children leave the nest. Also, larger homes require more upkeep, and that means less time to invest in hobbies or traveling. If you’re ready for a change, keep the process simple with these tips and tricks for downsizing your home.
Think About Your New LifestyleYou may downsize to improve your lifestyle and broaden your horizons. For example, some of us downsize in the hopes of becoming a minimalist. As a result, you don’t want to take much with you to your new home. However, if you downsize because you want a home with lower maintenance, you’ll still want to bring more than the minimalist.
Sort Through BelongingsWe don’t think about how much stuff we’ve collected over the years until we move. Since you’ll downsize, there’s less room for all these belongings, meaning you’ll want to know how much space you’ll have. From here, determine what you’ll part with—these items include donatable goods and trash.
Decluttering isn’t limited to home decor, clothing, and kitchenware. You also want to comb through holiday decorations, furniture, or books. Move room by room so that you can give equal attention to all your belongings and decide what won’t go to the new house.
Pro TipAs you declutter, you may come across a few sentimental belongings you no longer have use for. These items could be anything, from a favorite shirt to a blanket you made by hand. You can simplify donating sentimental items by evaluating what makes them special. For instance, that blanket may be worth holding onto, but the shirt can go.
Ask for HelpEmptying a house is a massive task, and tackling all those belongings alone may feel overwhelming. Reach out to friends and family to see who can help with this. Regardless of age, you can get your kids involved with decluttering to further ease clearing out the family home. These assistants can also help you part with sentimental belongings—if one of the helpers wants it, you can give it to them!
Have a PlanOnce you have your home clean-out team, strive to create a plan for who should handle each task. Skipping this step leads to disorganization, and people may double up on jobs, making the process less efficient. Instead, strive to have helpers focus on specific areas such as the bedroom, office, and kitchen.
Take Your TimeThe final tip for successfully downsizing your home is to give yourself enough time. What qualifies as enough time depends on your lifestyle and schedule. You may want to start clearing out the house before buying a new home to ensure your schedule is more flexible. Alternatively, some of us are more productive with a regimented timeline.
You know what works best for you. Most importantly, you give yourself the time to sort through all your belongings so that you can part with items without future regrets. Achieve the I-Deal-Lifestyle by taking the leap and moving into a more manageable home.
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