Downsizing into a smaller home is an arduous task that requires every ounce of effort physically, mentally, and emotionally. Many homeowners don’t realize it, but as the years go on they tend to collect and store far more in their current home than they probably originally realized. It can quickly become overwhelming when trying to move out of your current home and into another one, especially when it’s much smaller, as you have to figure out what to do with your home treasures! Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and tricks available at your disposal to help make downsizing and decluttering your current home a breeze.
Take Stock Of Everything
The first step to downsizing your home is to break the project into several steps. We strongly recommend one room at a time. It is easier than trying to navigate your entire home all at once. We strongly recommend starting in places such as your bathroom and kitchen, as it’s easy to decide what to do with appliances and cookware, versus pieces in your home that hold deep sentimental value. This helps break down and segment the sheer volume of items you have in your home so you can actually visualize your essentials and what’s unnecessary to keep moving forward.
Create a space for items that you are planning to move to your new home. This “keep space” will continue to be filled with your life treasures and memories.
Decide What’s To Keep, Donate, or Trash
To effectively declutter and downsize your house, you’ll need to divide your items into three distinct categories: “keep”, “donate”, or “trash”. Your “keep” items are the things in your home that will be coming to your new home. Your “donate” pile should be dedicated to the items that, while still in good condition, just won’t fit your new home. As such, it’s a great opportunity to donate your belongings so others can continue to enjoy them after you move out. Your “trash” pile should be dedicated to the items that you don’t plan on keeping, nor are they in good enough condition to donate them.
Clothing that you haven’t worn in three years should be moved over to the donation pile (as long as they’re in good condition), as well as furniture. Any that is too large for your new home’s space and aesthetic.
Donating is as simple as putting your housewares in boxes and clothing, shoes, and handbags in bags. You do not need to make multiple trips back and forth to your local donation center. 9Pickup donation services make moving your belongings for donation as simple as possible! Simply schedule your donation pickup online or call us at (561) 361-0032 and let our team handle the rest.
Keep The Future In Mind
Decluttering your home to downsize is an emotionally draining process. Your home is so much more than the place you go to sleep, but a place filled with memories and experiences. It can be hard getting rid of your sofa that everyone would gather around on, or your patio set where you and your family would sit while enjoying a barbecue together. However when downsizing into a new home it’s important to think of the future and all the new memories you’ll make. Your new home gives you a brand new opportunity to make new memories with your loved ones. Downsizing doesn’t have to be this harrowing time, but one where you’re able to start fresh and create new experiences while still reminiscing on the memories of your old home.