With your move just around the corner, now is the time to start downsizing. Sure, you’d love to keep every little thing that you’ve accumulated over the years, but is that waffle maker that’s collecting dust in the pantry really worth keeping? The answer is most likely no.
But if you are moving to a smaller space, the reality is you’re going to have to get rid of some of your stuff. And to be honest, wouldn’t you rather do that now versus packing all of your unneeded stuff up just to sit in a box for decades?
Granted, downsizing is often easier said than done, but don’t get overwhelmed. Think of this time as a way of taking stock of what you have in your possession and narrowing it down to the most essential. After all, at the end of the day, stuff is just stuff. And it doesn’t hurt that getting rid of unneeded stuff can actually feel pretty good.
Here are some general tips to follow when approaching downsizing to help you know what you should keep and what you shouldn’t.
Get Real with Yourself
When trying to make the decision to keep or get rid of stuff, ask yourself: How often do I actually use this? Can I live without it? Do I really need it? It’s best to use the one-year rule. If you haven’t used the item in a year, then it’s got to go. Period. The only exception is sentimental or irreplaceable items like photos and family treasures.
Benefit from Your Downsizing
Just because you’re getting rid of some of your stuff doesn’t mean it all needs to end up in the trash. Avoid filling up landfills by donating or selling items when you can. Another option is offering up some prized possessions to friends and family that could use them. It always makes it easier to part with material items when you know someone else is benefiting. Selling items is always a nice bonus, too. If you can, why not make some extra cash?
Avoid Unnecessary Duplication
Do you really need two toasters? Probably not. If you’re moving in with someone or if your new home is already furnished, you should take in consideration what you may have duplicates of. For example, if there’s already a microwave there, you probably don’t need to lug yours to the new place. Same goes with other household items, like kitchenware, furniture, etc.
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