5 Ways to Downsize Like a Pro
By Patrick Redmond
Feb 13, 2019
Moving to a new home is the perfect opportunity to downsize. Follow these tips on how to make it easier.
If you’ve looked around your home lately and wondered why you could possibly need so much space, it might be time to consider downsizing. If you’ve looked around your home and wondered what you’re going to do with all your stuff when you move into a smaller space, we have some tips for you.
- 1 Item for 1 Item
Not buying new things can be easier said than done. At the very least, things get lost or broken and need to be replaced. If you know you’ll be moving in the near future, adopt an item for an item rule. What that means is, every time you buy a new item, you get rid of something old. If you’re replacing something that broke, throw out the broken item. If you buy a new book, get rid of an old book, etc.
- Trim Your Clothes Effortlessly
Chances are, everyone in your family has more clothes than they wear. An easy way to identify the clothes that aren’t worn is to turn all the hangers backwards. When an item is worn, turn the hanger the right way when you hang it back up. At the end of a month, items on hangers that are still backwards are good candidates for donation or reselling.
- Use Post-It Notes
One tip to determine where you need to downsize is to put post-it notes on items that you’re on the fence about, whether because you’re not sure that you’ll have room, or because you feel lukewarm about them. Once you’ve come to a determination, write “keep” or “get rid of” on the Post-It. Do this early on in your moving prep. When the time comes to actually pack or dispose of an item, it will be much easier than doing it on the fly.
- Measure with Bins
If you’re downsizing with kids, use the amount of space in the new home to determine how many toys your kids can keep. Using storage bins that correspond to the amount of space in your new home, have each child fill their bins. Any time their toys don’t all fit in the bins, something has to go. This will help give them a visual reminder of all the toys they have, while also preventing one kid from taking up all the space if they have mostly large toys and their siblings tend to stick with smaller toys.
This is also helpful if you’re moving to a house with a smaller kitchen and need to pare back on kitchen implements, gadgets and small appliances.
- Learn to Let it Go
It can be tempting to hold onto things for a variety of reasons, whether because of a sentimental attachment, or because we have somehow tied our identity and/or sense of self-worth to those items. Either way, you might be surprised by the joy that can come from letting them go. Not only does it free up space in your home, but it can also make you happy to know that whatever you’re giving away is going to someone who will truly enjoy and appreciate it – that way you’ve made two people happier. Whether you donate to a charity, sell on line, or give items away to a someone you know, you can feel good that the items are being used.