Practical tips to help you downsize successfully
As adults in the real world we tend to accumulate lots of belongings. Things we need, just in case, things we inherit, things we can’t resist, like the latest gadgets. This works fine when you are moving up and up. Going from a 2 bed to a 3, a 3 bed to a 4, a 4 bed to the home you plan to stay in while the children grow up.
So it comes as no surprise when you make a decision to move and downsize, some belongings will need to go, to make way for the new start.
“Downsizing prep means you’ll only take what you love to your new home”
To help make this easier for you, I’ve put together some more practical downsizing tips for you to use. You can even use them if you are not thinking of downsizing, you’ll feel more organised, freer and your home will feel bigger. It’ll even help you think more clearly, it’s a great stress reliever and can help lift the burden of a day. (it’s easier to clean too! Double bonus)
So here are some practical tips to help you with your downsize journey.
Take a room at a time one step at a time
Set an alarm and time yourself for each task to keep you focused:
- For instance: you may set a 20 minute timer for the dining room cabinet.
- Start with a drawer, or a cabinet and clear it.
Only put back things that bring you joy, or that are essential.
If you’ve not used it in 6 months, you probably don’t need it.
- Get one expandable file and if it doesn’t fit in it – you don’t need it.
- Spend an afternoon requesting bills and bank statements via email so you don’t have more paperwork to keep.
Wardrobes should be easy to move clothes around. If you are squeezing your clothes in, you likely have too much.
- Three piles, donate, keep and bin.
- With your wardrobe be decisive and make quick decisions, you’ll find it much easier.
Furniture – as we get older we accumulate lots of larger pieces that we loved and now doesn’t suit our style or is broken and damaged. Any large pieces that are broken, take to the tip, you don’t need as much furniture as you think, donating or getting rid of extra tables and display cabinets will make your room feel bigger, cleaner and cleaning will be easier.
Kitchen – is where lots of clutter can be stored.
- Try getting rid of cookery books that are never used – you can find lots of recipes on the internet now.
- Bin broken pots, pans and cutlery.
- Little and often works better and is way more manageable.
- All spare electricals, juicers, mixers and gadgets you just don’t use. You’ll have loads of extra space.
The attic – aside from Christmas decorations there shouldn’t be anything you need up here.
Enjoy this part, as the more clear you get the easier your decisions will become.
Until next time