There can be many advantages to moving to a smaller home. It could mean cheaper living costs, less maintenance and a sense of cosiness if you feel your current home has become empty (most often if kids or an ex-partner moves out).
There is, however, a big obstacle with downsizing, and that is knowing what to do with all your stuff. Many of us accumulate belongings over the years, often filling out the space we have. Downsizing could mean having to let go of some of this stuff.
To help you declutter and manage this process, here are a few tips on how to downsize effectively.
Measure up the large items you want to keep
There could be large items such as your bed, your sofa or a wardrobe that you want to keep. You need to make sure that your new home is big enough to fit these items.
Be realistic about what you can keep – it may not be possible to find a smaller home with enough room for a large corner sofa or large dining table. Investing in smaller, more space-efficient options could be a necessity.
Digitise what you can
A lot of things may be possible to digitise, saving you a lot of space. For instance, you could consider ripping all your CDs so that you have digital copies or getting rid of all your books and getting an e-reader instead.
Some collectors may not be happy with this, plus there could be sentimental items that you don’t want to get rid of (whilst you may be able to create digital copies of old photos in an album, getting rid of these physical photos may still prove hard).
Consider putting stuff into self storage
Putting items into self storage could allow you to keep them without having to keep them in your new home. This could be useful with seasonal items, suitcases and items for hobbies that you may not need in your home all round the year. It could be a temporary option for keeping onto clutter whilst you decide whether to sell, scrap or donate it.
Of course, self storage does involve extra fees, so you need to be able to budget for this.
You may be able to replace existing storage units, appliances and furniture with multi-purpose options in order to save space. For instance, you could buy a washer-dryer instead of having to move in a separate washing machine and tumble dryer, or you could buy a sofa with in-built storage.
You could even get creative and set up multi-purpose rooms. A living room could also act as a dining area – you could buy a fold-away dining table that can be stored away when not in use.
This post is a collaboration where money or goods were exchanged for it to be published; however, all opinions are my own.