Downsizing Your Home

downsize home tips Downsizing Your HomeHaving to downsize is very rarely fun. It is, however, always possible. Here are some things to make the downsizing and paring down of your home as easy and go as smoothly as possible.

1. Be Ruthless

Go through every room of your home. Look at and put your hands on every one of your possessions. If what you are looking at and touching doesn’t have any genuine sentimental value and you haven’t used it in the last six months (exceptions include birthday and holiday decorations), get rid of it.

If you have duplicates of things, get rid of the model that is the worse for its wear. For example, if you have four complete sets of dishes, keep only the one that you like the best. If you have a toaster and a toaster oven, choose the one you actually use regularly. Do you genuinely need four polo shirts of the exact same shade of blue? You get the idea.

2. Sale!

Get all of these things out of your house as quickly as possible. The longer you leave them sitting around, the more likely you are to talk yourself into needing them or wanting them after all. Hold a yard sale. Put the bigger things up on Craigslist. Sell some things on eBay (beware of eBay scams, though). You can use the money you make from these sales to beef up a savings account or upgrade an appliance. Resist the urge, though, to buy something fun because the goal here is to pare down, not build up.

3. Storage

You can create even more space within your home using this tip: Keep on hand only those things that you actually use every single month. If you don’t have a regular need for it, put it into storage. It doesn’t matter if you live in Chicago, IL, Pahrump, NV or Raleigh, NC — you can find local storage for an affordable price. A cheap (or climate-controlled) storage unit is the best way to keep the things that have sentimental value of that you need every once in a while but don’t necessarily have space to keep on hand.

The key to downsizing your home—even a primary home—is to learn to live as minimally as possible. If you don’t need it to survive or use it regularly, getting rid of it or putting it in storage won’t be a big deal. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel once you get rid of all of that clutter and can fit comfortably into a smaller space!

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