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It used to be that people “upgraded” their homes by moving into something larger as they got older. But these days downsizing seems to be all the rage. It seems to be a popular choice as opposed to the reaction of something. Life becomes less about paying expensive utility bills, maintaining your home and filling it with stuff you don’t need and more about enjoying the little things in life (excuse the pun).
Of course, there is one glaringly obvious issue to overcome when you go from big house to quaint abode and that is deciding what to take with you and what to leave behind. For those that give even the smallest trivial thing (read: a pencil sharpener) sentimental value, then this can be tricky. However, we’re hoping our advice helps you out a little bit and that your introduction to smaller house life is as amazing as it sounds.
Know What Your Must-Keeps Are
Let’s use a rather extreme example; your possessions are at risk of being swept away by a flood. What are the things that would leave you most heart-broken? What couldn’t you bare to live without? What would need replacing instantly? The answers to these questions will go a long way in telling you what stuff absolutely needs to go on your list. Starting with the “must keep” list is the way to do it. This will make the rest of the process easier.
Kick The Obvious Stuff To The Curb
Close your eyes right now and think about the things you really don’t need. We reckon you can reel of fifteen things without breaking a mental sweat. Clothes you haven’t worn in three years. Boxes you didn’t unpack from your last move. That toaster that doesn’t toast very well.We’re not saying you need to rush into this, but if you set aside a day to declutter your home, you will find the motivation to stay ruthless and being ruthless is liberating.
Have An Idea Of Space
If you have an idea of how big or small the space you are moving into is, you can make an educated guess as to how much you need to giveaway. A great way to do this is to speak to a moving company and ask them how many vans it would take to fill a two bedroom apartment with a floor space of 70 meters squared. It won’t be exact maths, but you will be able to visualise just how much further you have to go in your decluttering process. It will help you stay on track, and that is going to be important.
No Point In Those Items
The thing with living in a bigger house is there always tends to be more storage. It is just so easy to hideaway the kind of things that fall into “may need one-day” pile. You don’t have this luxury when you move to a smaller space. It becomes a “use it or lose it” environment. That is a great motto to live by, as is the whole “no duplicates allowed” rule. You don’t need three sets of cutlery, or five pairs of scissors, or a vanity unit filled with spare toothbrushes. These may only be small examples, but they all add up, and they all get the ball rolling.