Ready to Make the Big Move?
Downsizing is a process that takes time and focus. Moving into a smaller space may help you stay more organized and ultimately, give you more time to do the things you love as you move into this new season of life. As you transition into a smaller home, you will likely need to downsize your possessions as well.
Here are 8 tips for downsizing:
Sort by Room
Start with the main rooms such as the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom. Make a list of the “must haves,” starting with the biggest items first like whether or not you want to keep a couch or bookshelf or buy a new set.
Set Deadlines for Your Children’s Keepsakes
If you’re an empty nester that’s downsizing, ask your children which items they want to keep and set a timeframe for them to collect any childhood belongings you do not wish to store. Another solution is to take a photo of the object, that way the memories associated with it aren’t lost.
Take Inventory of Your New Place
Know what you’re moving into. If your new place has less storage, keep that in mind as you downsize. Since your new luxury villa includes a washer and dryer and maintenance, you probably don’t need your current laundry room appliances or lawn mower. You can sell those!
Dispose of Duplicates
Do you need two of the same shirt in the same color? If you have multiple china sets, do you need all of them or can you afford to part with one? If you’re moving in with a partner, compare inventories and throw away, donate, or sell the overlap. Once you are finished, dispose of your items as soon as you can so that they are not just sitting in your house.
Donate your items to places like Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army or other organizations that sell used goods. A simple Google search will reveal the nearest center. Many donation centers offer tax receipts and have easy drive through drop off centers.
Phone a Friend
There are going to be some things that may be hard to part with. Sometimes it takes another person to help sort through that “undecided” pile.
This may require a bit more effort, but it’s also a good way to make a little cash back. Sell some of those antiques that have been in your basement for years. You could also sell your fridge since our villas come with a side-by-side refrigerator. If a garage sale is too much effort, you can postit online and sell items via Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace.
Everyday Items vs. Rarely Used Items
What’s the point in holding onto items you don’t use? These items can take up unnecessary space. Stay organized with the essential items only, or items that you know you used in the last year.
How “Important” is Important?
Ask yourself how important is it that you hold onto an item. Would you pay to have it replaced?
It’s Okay to Hold On
Home is about creating a space with memories. Although you’re moving into a new villa and phase of life, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring some cherished items with you that help the space feel more like home.