There’s no question that moving out of a home you’ve lived in for many years can be a stressful time. Between sorting through belongings, packing, scheduling movers, and setting up your new home, it might seem like a never-ending process that you just don’t want to think about. Add to that the fact that moving into a smaller space forces you to make decisions about what you’re taking with you, and you might just believe staying put is a better option.
Here are some great tips for downsizing:
* Start early. If you think downsizing your home is in your future, it’s never too early to begin sorting through some of your belongings. Get into those closets and storage spaces and start weeding out items you no longer have a need for.
* Plan ahead. Have an idea of how big your new living space will be; if you can get a floor plan, all the better! Knowing how much space you’ll have will allow you to plan for how much furniture you can bring with you and how much storage space you’ll have for your belongings.
* Create lists. Lists help keep you organized! Make lists of things you need to do, such as shutting off utilities, transferring magazine subscriptions, etc. as well as lists of belongings you would like to keep, donate or sell.
* Ask for help. Enlist family members or close friends early on to help you move. Moving is not an easy process and you shouldn’t think you’ll be able to do it all yourself.
3 important questions to ask yourself when decluttering and downsizing:
1. Explore and evaluate. “Do I love this? Do I look great in it?”
2. To deal with the ‘maybe’ pile, he suggests asking: “If I didn’t already own this, how much would I spend to buy it?”
3. To keep your closet tidy, you need a regular routine for organizing it.
Downsizing has many upsides. Two of which are living maintenance-free and enjoying a higher quality of life all around.