Most of us tend to accumulate possessions over time, which can make the prospect of moving into a smaller place downright scary. However, downsizing brings a host of benefits, including increased happiness and enjoyment of the things you decide to keep. Read on to discover how to prepare yourself for a lifestyle change.
1. Get Out the Measuring Tape
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Measure the rooms in your new home, so you're realistic about the space you're dealing with. Then measure your furniture and work out what will and won't fit. Having the figures in black and white can give you the push you need to discard large pieces that aren't feasible in your new home.
2. Get Rid of What You're Not Using
Cast a critical eye over your possessions and consider what you're really using. Perhaps there's exercise equipment from a long-forgotten health kick or clothes your partner swears will come back into fashion. You might have a dining table even though you tend to eat by the TV or a stereo even though you play music from your computer speakers. Anything that has not been used in the past six months is just taking up space.
3. Do Away with Doubles
As you look over your possessions, you might find many duplicates that you can cull. Perhaps you and your husband both brought sandwich makers or blenders into your marriage. You might have accumulated too many towels as gifts over the years. Maybe you have too many whisks or serving spoons because you struggle to resist bargain kitchen gadgets. Getting rid of these double items is an easy way to pare down your possessions.
4. Hold a Garage Sale
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Hold a garage sale to get rid of your extra items and help fund your move. The promise of cash is a great incentive to be ruthless. If you're struggling to part with some items, put them into storage. If six months go by without you even looking at them, it's time to purge.
It can be difficult to part with so many items, but this process will also help you value the things you do love more. You'll find it easier to appreciate these items when you don't have to wade through the clutter to access them.
5. Prioritise Dual-Purpose Items
Downsizing isn't just about getting rid of the right things; it's also about realising which items are the most valuable.
Look for dual-purpose goods which can work double-duty in your new smaller home. For example, if you have a separate slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, and steamer, it's worth investing in a multipurpose appliance which can do all these jobs and take up far less space. A futon makes a more versatile choice than a guest bed because it can convert into a couch when you don't have sleepovers. Tables with leaves are a smarter choice than separate family tables and large dining suites. Dual-purpose items give you more space to enjoy your new home.
Arming yourself with these clever tips can make the big job of moving less about downsizing, and more about living a comfortable lifestyle.