Easy steps to help you move to a smaller home.
If you have been shopping around for a smaller home lately, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed, trying to decide how to make all of your prized processions fit into half the space. It can be done. It will take a little time and a lot of organizing but well worth it in the end. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Understand WANTS vs NEEDS
The line between wants and needs is often blurry, and separating them can be tough. Instead of playing the guessing game and tricking yourself into believing something is a “need” versus a “want,” fill out a checklist prior to sorting through items to help set the record straight.
2. Re-Gift, Donate or Sell
Busting down the clutter is almost always the first recommendation from tiny home experts. Why not have a yard sale to clear out the things you no longer use while earning some quick cash? Do you have a fancy set of dishware you’ve never used or only bring out on special occasions?
Re-gift or donate items that you’re not using day-to-day.
3. Eliminate Multiples
Beyond getting rid of an item you have EXACT duplicates of, ask yourself, “Do I have anything else that does this better?” This is where you choose between one can opener that’s just a can opener or the other with a bottle opener attached. Pick the items that add more value to your life.
4. Maximize Your Space
Test an area of your current home that most resembles the smaller house plan you want to move into. Play around with adding hidden drawers and compartments for extra storage within furniture. If what you have doesn’t fit in the assigned space, it may be time to toss it aside.
5. Sell or Donate some of your Furniture
Let’s face it. You probably have a lot of furniture that no longer fits your current taste and style. You won’t get close to what you paid for it but you will make some money selling good used pieces. Besides, you have to count the many years of enjoyment each piece gave you. This will allow you to purchase key pieces of furniture that will fit into our new home. Decide if you really need 3 guest rooms?
Have a collectible? Maybe it’s time to pass it along to the next generation?
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