Downsizing is Life Changing Magic!
Are you considering downsizing? Whether you are preparing to move into a smaller home or just want to reduce the amount of things you are managing in your current home, downsizing allows you to let go of the past and focus on how you want to live your best life. Here are a few ideas on how to make the process easier and less stressful.
To begin, imagine your ideal life going forward. Do you want to have a simpler lifestyle with fewer things to take care about in a smaller, more efficient living space? Would you like to be able to focus on travel and hobbies away from home, more involved in sports or fitness? Do you expect that you will host guests in your home often? Have your grown kids taken over some of the holiday hosting?
Once you have that vision in your mind, you can begin to evaluate what items and physical objects will fit into your life going forward. This will often mean letting go of furniture, kitchen items and other things that may be perfectly good and useful, but don’t fit into your new life.
I recommend that you sort by category. Do clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous items and finish with sentimental items. Clothing is easier and sentimental things are the hardest. Starting with the easy things will help you develop good edits skills!
Be firm in your decision to let go of anything that is seldom used such as appliances or specialized utensils. Ask yourself: do I have multiples of this type of thing or do I use one of these things more often than the others? You probably don’t need five garlic presses and keep only the “good” scissors that you use most of the time.
Is your home full of toys and furniture more appropriate for children at home, clothes that fit your old work or social life, or absolute media formats? If you have items that are no longer needed, donate or discard them. Even if they are still usable, if you aren’t using them, they are just occupying space you could free up.
Be very selective about offering these items to family. Often, your kids will just not want or use heavy vintage furniture or sets of china. Lifestyles are very different these days and younger families often don’t want hand me down things from previous generations. If your kids genuinely do want some of these items, give them a deadline to pick them up. Often, parents find their homes acting as a storage locker for their grown kids.
As you evaluate which items to keep and what to let go, ask yourself: “What is my future use of this item?” If you are unable to identify a realistic use for the item consider letting it go.
Avoid “Maybe someday.” thinking. If you have items that you are keeping because you may need them someday, decide whether their possible use is worth the amount of space they are taking up. If you DID need it in the future, how hard would it be to get again.
Consider the amount of memories and mementos you want to bring with you. If everything is important, nothing is truly important. Put all your mementos in a pile and decide which photos, souvenirs and sentimental items are most important to you.
Surround yourself with only things that enrich your life and home. Although the sorting and editing can be challenging, utilizing a strategic approach can make the process much easier. A simpler and more meaningful life is a blissful outcome!
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