Over time, people tend to accumulate lots of stuff—storage drawers full of junk, Christmas gifts we never get around to using, and stuff we keep around “just in case”. The average home is increasing in size, yet we still have a problem finding places to put everything. Here, you’ll learn how to cut the clutter and get back to basics.
Do You Need It? You may have bought that treadmill with good intentions, but it’s been gathering dust since you brought it home. If you want to exercise, a good pair of running shoes takes up far less space. Similarly, you can get rid of furniture, decor and other stuff you aren’t using. Deciding what to keep and what to toss is all about taking a look at how you live your life and what your priorities are.
Are You Using It? Take a quick walk through your home and look at the things in it. If you haven’t used it in the past year (or you’ve only used it a couple of times), it’s time to let it go. Most of us keep things with the intent to use them, but to downsize efficiently; you should get rid of the things you aren’t using.
Go Through It All: Clear every closet, cabinet, and storage shelf in your home, and only put back the things you couldn’t imagine life without. If you use a mixer at least three times a week, it stays—but that melon baller at the back of the utensil drawer has to go!
Take a Measure: If you’re moving into a smaller home, you’ll need to know whether your bed and sofa will fit. You’ll also need your new home’s measurements; ask if you can do them yourself, or if there’s a floor plan available. Don’t forget to consider the placement of windows and doors, as this will affect the way you arrange your furniture.
Clear out the Junk: Go through your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and junk drawers, and get rid of expired items, empty bottles, and leftover beauty products. Throw out the trash, and donate Freecycle or give away the stuff that’s still useable but not needed.
Have a Yard Sale: If you have a lot of extra stuff you need to sell quickly, a yard sale (or two) is the best way to do it. Alternatively, you can use sites like eBay or Craigslist; you’ll likely earn more, but this route takes more effort. eBay is best for small items like electronics, clothing, and jewelry, while Craigslist is good for selling larger items like furniture to people living nearby.
Once you’ve gotten rid of your unwanted items and settled into your new surroundings, you can enjoy the benefits of living small. You won’t have to worry about the time-wasting, financially-draining job of keeping up a home that’s just too large, and you’ll have simplified your life by keeping only the most important things.