There are many reasons why individuals decide to downsize their living situations. Whether you’re an empty nester, relocating for work or simply embarking on a new life chapter, you still face the same hurdles of such a task. Where is everything going to go? It’s simple when you break it down piece by piece (pardon the pun) and we’ll walk you through each step.
Phase One: Inventory
Take a walk around your home and think about what you can live without and which furniture will or will not work in your new space. This is especially important if you’re moving into a new home with another individual. It’s critical to be mindful of the fact that two worlds are coming together. Make sure that you work together when surveying your inventories. Which glasses are you going take? Who’s got the more comfortable sofa? Remember to work together!
Phase Two: De-clutter
Now that you know what you can live without in your new home, take some time to put on a yard sale. This is a great opportunity to make some money to purchase furniture that may be more appropriately sized for your new space. If you don’t have the time (or the yard), you can always do an online auction through companies such as MaxSold. Or, if you have gently used furniture you would like to donate, Furniture Bank is a wonderful charity that will pick up your pieces for you and make sure they go to a family in need.
Phase Three: Storage
Keep in mind that since you’re moving to a smaller space, storage is key. Ottomans that can open to hold belongings or closed cabinetry to conceal clutter – are solutions to lack of space. A rule of thumb to remember when storing in small spaces is to move up, not out. You want to keep your floor space clear to keep your new quarters feeling airy and open. Consider wall shelving and vertical units when exploring options.
Phase Four: Staying Organized
Be strict about what comes into your new space. If it’s a duplicate or doesn’t serve a purpose – don’t let it cross the threshold. You’ve worked hard to eliminate your previous possessions, don’t start the process all over again. If you purchase a new pair of jeans, remember to eliminate another pair. Everything you have in your new downsized space should serve a purpose. If it doesn’t, you simply don’t need it. Living lighter can often make you feel better and more in control.
Downsizing doesn’t have to be a frustration. It should be a happy time, a new beginning. A home is where you are, not where your stuff lives. Take a deep breath and move at a steady pace, one step at a time! Order in the House has assisted many clients through the downsizing process. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and simply don’t know where to start-we’re just a phone call way!