A Guide To Downsizing Your Home The Easy Way

A Guide To Downsizing Your Home The Easy Way
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    Downsizing a home is something that most people will do at least a few times in their lives.

    Moving to a new home or consolidating two separate residences will mean cleaning out a house to the bare essentials.

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Or perhaps you just have the desire to simplify your life. Luckily the process need not be painful.

Start Big

You will need to get rid of furniture when moving to a smaller home or consolidating two households. Start by accessing the size of the furniture and the space in which it will need to fit. Try to envision which pieces will complement your decor and other items in your home. Measure it, and measure out the space that you will need it to occupy.

If you are seeking to simplify your life, take a small notebook and walk the rooms of your house. Make a note of what furniture you use and which items you don’t. See which furniture pieces are just collecting dust or clutter. Be sure to scope out your basement, your closets, and your attic space too.

Weed Out Your Wardrobe

Many people will keep clothing long past its expiration date. Jeans that haven’t fit since high school, old dancing dresses, and shoes that were once comfortable just linger in the back of the closet, packed away. A good sorting will make your downsizing much easier. Start by donating any good clothing that you have had stored away for more than a few years. Sort your current clothes too. Chances are you do not need it if you haven’t worn it in the last year.

All the Little Things

Most of us have a small horde of out-dated electronic goods and other debris lurking in our junk drawers. Old phones, computer parts, and other devices are often just tossed into a drawer and forgotten. Take three boxes and sort the contents of each drawer. Put old electronics in one, unused but useful goods in another, and broken items in another. Send your old electronics to a recycling center, donate the useful items, and toss the rest.

Each room will present different challenges. Don’t be afraid to take on all your belongings. For example, while sorting your kitchen goods be sure to also tackle your silverware drawer. It is OK to weed out utensils and kitchen gadgets that your never use. In the bathroom, go through your old toiletries and even your towels! Valuable items may be sold to local antique or used goods stores. Other goods may be donated or sold in yard sales.

For the Keepsakes

There are almost always a few things that just don’t fit into your current lifestyle but are too precious to be let go. It may be Great Aunt Petunia’s favorite rocking chair, a musical instrument, or childhood toys. Storage facilities are a great place to keep sentimental items that you no longer have room for, but aren’t ready to let go of just yet. With a self storage unit it is easy to hang onto a few things while still downsizing your home.

Savannah Coulsen is a freelance  writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru. Savannah got information for this article from  U-STOR, a storage unit in Zionsville.

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