Downsizing is usually a great thing, even if it means you’re moving from something big to something small. Not only does downsizing represent the chance to start fresh, it also helps you set up for a more viable financial future. But it also means having to leave some things behind because of your new living situation. If you’re about to downsize, here are some tips on getting everything ready, what to toss, and what to keep.
1. Give Yourself Time
Decluttering for downsizing is a time consuming process, so be sure to leave yourself at least a couple of days to do it right. Not only do you have to personally assess each item up for consideration, but you have to give yourself a few moments to say goodbye to things. Everything in your home has value of some sort, so getting through that value and coming to a conclusion will take more time than you imagine. Plus, you’re sorting through a sea of distractions, which means you’ll have to give yourself time to be distracted from the task at hand.
2. Break it Up into Chunks
Work through rooms one at a time rather than trying to accomplish everything in one, very scattered go. Start in the most problematic area, probably your bedroom and closet, and work your way to places with less work involved. This means the work will get easier as you go along and you’ll feel less burned out. Besides, getting rid of things in your bedroom often means you can take things to a donation centre, which may have to be taken on certain days or times. By doing that first, you’ll have the time to get things in on time.
3. Stay Organized
Large boxes with detailed descriptions of the contents goes a long way to getting things in a timely and orderly fashion. You can add contents to the right boxes, which makes selling, throwing out, or donating much easier as well.
4. Ask for Help
Unless you live alone, you’ll need to get some help with the decluttering in preparation for downsizing. Get your partner to help in the same way as you, by taking things one room at a time. If there’s things in your home that belong to other people, be it friends or family, get them to come down and assess their stuff as well so that they have the chance to keep and throw things on their own terms.
Downsizing and decluttering is a time consuming task that you need to do properly. Be sure to stay organized and focused, and don't leave things until the last moment. That way, you can do a better job of honestly assessing what you need, what you want, and what needs to go.