Let's Get Ready to Declutter and Downsize!
Thursday Jul 16th, 2020
Moving into a smaller space often means making some difficult decisions about what furniture and belongings stay or go! A less cluttered home makes it easier to clean, move around and treasure the things that really matter to you.
To begin, take photos of every room in your new home and measure the areas in your living space.
Start with your large items. It helps to plan on paper where your existing big pieces of furniture will be placed including your bed, couches, chairs, area rugs, cabinets, dressers, desk and dining table.
Once you have a vision for your new home, you will have an easier time deciding which furniture you will need to get rid of that will not fit in your new space.
If you are moving from a house to a condo, you should also do a major clear out the garage and shed since you will no longer need a lawn mower, any of your large gardening tools, power tools or snow shovels.
Some of the best options in getting rid of your excess furniture include selling things online or donating them to a local charity. Most charities will offer a simple pick up or drop off option!
Once you have confirmed your moving date be sure to schedule time each week to go through drawers, cupboards, closets and filing cabinets.
For the little things: such as knick-knacks, small appliances, clothes, books, etc. use labelled bins to keep you organized. Tackle these items one category at a time. Keep it simple, have four bins labelled “Keep”, “Junk”, “Donate” and “Sell” – there is no “maybe” option here! As the bins fill it is important to move them to their new respective home as soon as possible to keep your workspace clean.
Getting rid of your unnecessary stuff often requires a ruthless attitude, and a steady effort in the weeks leading up to the move. Moving can be a chance for a fresh start—for your stuff as much as for you. This is your opportunity to clear out unwanted items and part with the old toys, collectibles, and everything else that no longer serves your life.
Keep things going once you have moved! Make sure you follow the one-in, one-out rule: when you buy something, you have to get rid of something you already have. It will keep you from overcrowding your new small space and keep it filled with items you need and love!