Whether you’re a senior, empty nester, or simply looking to live in a smaller space, once you’ve made the decision to downsize your home, the first step is usually the hardest — getting rid of your stuff.
Here are three tips to successfully downsize your home and live comfortably in a smaller, cozier place.
1. Plan ahead with your new lifestyle in mind
– Will you have room for your existing furniture in your new space?
– What belongings will you be moving with you to your new home?
Don’t wait to make decisions and begin planning your downsizing early. Set timelines with goals. Think about what lifestyle you’ll want to embrace as you move forward and build a solid plan to make that happen.
2. Declutter your space
One of the most difficult decisions you’ll make while you begin your downsizing process is deciding what to keep and what to donate or discard. It’s perfectly normal to gain an attachment to your things- after all, they’ve occupied a place in your home for some time. Begin this journey by compiling a list of your wants, needs, and what you won’t be taking with you in your new space. Once you have completed your lists, remain committed to them. It’ll be easy to deviate from your plan but remember, you put the items on a list for a reason.
3. Make decisions with quality and purpose in mind
Remain conscious about what you let into your mind, life, and new environment. Choose furniture that can be utilized for different purposes, instead of trying to squeeze too many pieces into a single room. A great rule of practice is to choose furniture with good storage and space solutions. Think quality over quantity.
Lastly, allow someone to help in sorting and packing your belongings. It could be incredibly hard for you to let go of certain items that would just clutter your new space. If you find yourself stuck on a certain decision, ask for an objective opinion.
Downsizing doesn’t have to be a nuisance or a terrible experience— although, it may feel like it temporarily, think about the life and space you’ll get in exchange for all of the “stuff” you’ll be giving away.