Top Tips On How To Effectively Downsize
When heading into retirement, a lot of people choose to downsize their homes. Afterall it’s a move that makes a lot of sense. Firstly, it frees you from the burden of maintaining a large family home and, secondly, it can free up cash that allows you to live a dream retirement without financial strain.
But, if you’ve spent your entire adult life accumulating items and mementos, it can be hard to get rid of objects that hold precious memories. To help you with the downsizing process, here are our top three tips to make your next move into a smaller property as comfortable as possible..
Determine What You Want To Keep
Before you downsize, it’s essential that you have a clear picture of what you’ll be taking with you to your new home and what you intend to get rid of.
If you’ve lived in your current home for a long time, it’s likely that you’ll have accumulated a large amount of furniture, home accessories, personal items and more. But to downsize effectively, being able to strip back your belongings is essential.
If you want to downsize effectively, then stripping back your belongings is essential. Remember, downsizing is largely a lifestyle decision and you can free up a big amount of space by decluttering.
Before you start the process, sit down and make a list. Ideally, you should split this list into three parts: ‘keep’, ‘get rid of’ and ‘undecided’. You can then use this to guide your decision making and make the process less emotional.
Remember, if you like something but don’t necessarily need it, you can always take a photo of it rather than keeping the item itself. This way, you’ll keep the sentimental memory but save the space.
Start To Strip Back On Your Belongings and pack with structure
Once you’ve decided what to keep and what to leave behind, you can create a structure that helps the downsizing process and saves you time.
Following the steps below, will help to make the process much quicker and easier. Plus, you’ll limit the chances of becoming confused and overwhelmed.
- Before you start packing, set labelled boxes aside for each room or purpose. You may choose to have a ‘keep’, ‘donate’, ‘sell’ and ‘dispose of’ box as well as boxes dedicated to individual rooms.
- Use downsizing as an opportunity to make some extra cash. There may be local second-hand furniture shops interested in buying and selling your unwanted items.
For smaller things such as clothes and trinkets, you can sell these on platforms like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Depop or Gumtree.
- For all those small, fiddly yet necessary items such as wires, cables and the DIY essentials, use labelled Tupperware boxes and sandwich bags to keep them
separate. This means that even if they are placed in the same box, you’ll be able to identify, organise and then store them with ease when you move into your new home.
- If you’re holding onto unnecessary items out of guilt or sentimentality, there are other ways of cherishing them without having to bring them to your new home. Take a photograph, video or a small piece of the item, rather than the item itself.