6 tips to downsize with ease and free yourself from clutter

6 tips to downsize with ease and free yourself from clutter

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There are lots of reasons why you might be looking to downsize, from a recent separation to making a lifestyle change.

No matter the reason, when you’re downsizing into a smaller home – and decluttering a lot of items as a result – it adds an extra layer of difficulty to the moving process. These expert tips can help reduce the overwhelm and make things easier so you can embrace your new home with excitement.

Tip #1 – Start as soon as possible

Don’t underestimate the time it takes to downsize your home. As soon as you know a move is on the horizon, start the declutter process. This will allow you to take your time and not feel rushed or overwhelmed.

As you declutter, you’ll also be able to ‘practice’ living with less, helping you hone in on what you need for your lifestyle going forward.

Tip #2 – Know your end goal

Consider what your new home will offer in terms of space and keep that in mind as you go. If you’re moving from a four bedroom family home to a two bedroom apartment, you know already that’s at least two bedrooms worth of items that are going to have to be eliminated. Plus, you’ll also have fewer cupboards, less storage space, or room for bulky furniture. All of this needs to be considered as you downsize.

And as tempting as it may be to tell yourself you’ll figure out how much room you have when you move, you want to complete this process fully so that you’re able to move into your new home without falling over boxes.

Tip #3 – Focus on the ‘yes’ pile

Going through the decluttering process, it’s easy to get caught up in what you’re letting go of. 

Instead, focus on what you’re keeping – the things that you love and treasure. You want to hold only those absolute ‘yes’ items that fit into your life and evoke happy memories. Think Marie Kondo and her ‘sparking joy’ process of decluttering.

Tip #4 – Break it down

The process of decluttering a whole house can feel overwhelming, and may mean you delay starting at all. Instead, break it down into small steps – like a single shelf or drawer – and work your way from there.

It can also help to start with those things that hold little emotional attachment. Books, linen, utensils and the like, before tackling photos, memorabilia and artwork.

Tip #5 – Get help

Reach out for help if it all feels a bit much to tackle on your own. This can give you an outside perspective and keep you focused. Friends and family are one option, but only if they can set aside their own feelings towards the process. Otherwise, enlist the help of a professional to help you declutter and organise your items.

Tip #6 – Take lots of photos

Take photos before you start decluttering and as you go. Of your house, rooms and treasured pieces. Not only will this help you remember your home after you move on, but it can also make it easier to let go of things.

Research shows that a photo of a treasured item can evoke the same emotions as the item itself. So if you’re having trouble letting go of something that no longer serves you, snap a photo and then let it go. Then, when you want to recall that memory, simply scroll back through your photos.

Once you have your must-keep items, enlist the help of professional movers to get you into your new home. Crichton Removals provide removal services and storage solutions in Geelong and beyond.

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