Downsizing can be difficult, especially if you've never done it before. What should you keep? What can you do with all of the stuff you don’t want? What will you gain by having less?
We’ll give you a few tips that make the whole process feel easier — even exciting — if you’re entering a new phase of life.
1. Start Soon
Start as soon as possible to make the process easier over time. You can even begin decluttering before you’re ready to move, taking the approach of doing a little bit at a time. Using 30 minutes of downtime on the weekends or after work to clean out drawers and cabinets can make a big difference in the long run and lower stress levels when you move into your new space.
2. Think About Your New Lifestyle
Oh, the possibilities! If you’re new empty nesters and used to cooking for a family of five, it might feel energizing to finally clear out an overflowing Tupperware drawer. Or finally donating old school supplies to make room for things that align with your hobbies and interests. You can feel lighter, brighter and better knowing that you don’t need to bring everything from your old chapter into your new one.
3.Go Room to Room
Working on one area of the house at a time can help you focus. Plus, you can make a checklist of the rooms in your house in advance and check them off as you complete each of them so you can visualize the progress you’re making.
4.Host a Garage Sale or Donate
One person’s old possessions are another person’s treasures. You can make some extra cash by selling items that you no longer want, or pass along useful items to people in need. It can also be easier to part with your stuff with the satisfaction that other people are cherishing the items you once valued. You can also set up accounts on Poshmark or eBay to sell your items gradually, on your schedule.
5.Give Yourself Grace
If you can’t part with something meaningful (or silly), that’s okay. Don’t pressure yourself into doing too much too soon. You can ask friends or family to keep a box of items that you may not want to take to your new home, or rent a small storage unit until you’re ready to let go — remember, you can find creative solutions to meet your needs. Revisit your stored items after a year and see if you feel differently about them. Sometimes, it takes baby steps.
Downsizing can be a thrilling time in your life, and it can also be a bittersweet time. You’re clearing out the clutter and material items that might have been weighing you down. Having less can actually make you feel more free. If you’re ready for a new, lighter chapter, reach out to our Sales Guides today and schedule an appointment.