If you’re moving into a newer, smaller home in 2016, you may have lots of questions on what’s the best way to downsize. What will you do with your belongings that will no longer fit? How will you handle the space shortage?
We’ve got the answers to these questions and more in today’s blog. Read our tips to learn about effective downsizing this year.
To avoid moving day chaos, start the downsizing process early. In the weeks or months leading up to your move, be sure to make decisions on what you want to keep, donate, sell or put in storage (this last option is perfect for the family furniture and mementos you want to hang on to). Since you will likely have to live with your current furniture up until moving day, try to arrange for a friend or donation service to come pick it up once you’ve cleared the house.
Bring only those items you love and have space for…
Of course, a successful downsizing typically means getting choosy about what belongings you really want to bring with you. Some decisions will be easy—there’s no arguing, for example, that a large sectional sofa won’t fit in a smaller living space. Some, however, will be more difficult—you may need to decide on bringing (or not bringing) items with emotional value to you. Only bring items into your new home that you love, have use for and, of course, have the space for.
…and sell or donate everything else
Saying goodbye to a favorite item—whether it’s a nightstand or pair of jeans—doesn’t have to be a negative experience. In fact, you can give these items new life by selling them or donating them to a local charity or a family in need. While you may still want to cling on to your belongings, you will at least know that they’re going to a great home where they will be used and enjoyed.
Learn to live with less
For many homeowners, the hardest part of downsizing is simply learning to live with less—less stuff and less space. Downsizing often occurs when a child moves out on their own, so many families have to deal with the emotional change as well. Learn to live with less by establishing new routines and ways of doing things in your new home, whether that means switching your large, elegant dining room set for a breakfast nook table or consolidating your living and dining space into one seamless room. Whatever your personal challenge is, you can do it—it might just take a little bit of time!
Throughout the downsizing process, be sure to keep a positive mindset. While you may still wish you had your previous home or belongings, focus on the benefits of a smaller space—there’s much less upkeep, for example, and lots of money to be saved every month! With some time, you will grow to love your smaller home and enjoy everything that comes with it.