Large houses are great for raising families and hosting gatherings. However, after a while, the upkeep of a property, such as maintenance and repairs, can become too draining. Downsizing is an excellent option for people looking to simplify their lives and save money but requires a significant reduction of material belongings. Taking steps to organize your home can be overwhelming, so this week, we’re giving you a few tips to start decluttering your home before you downsize.
Set Aside Your Favorite Things
This tip mainly goes for sentimental things rather than utilitarian items. Make a pile of the most sentimental stuff from your home that can’t be replaced. As you continue to sort through your home and try to determine what should stay and go, ask yourself if the item you’re struggling to get rid of will be something you miss a year from now.
When you’re downsizing, it’s a great idea to try to repurpose as much of your stuff as possible. Just because you don’t have use for it anymore doesn’t mean that someone else won’t, and you might be surprised at the value your old furniture and other items have to people. Start by listing furniture you know you won’t need at your new place on Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and any other used furniture sites you know are popular in your area.
As for the items that you find trouble selling, there are without a doubt many places you can donate them. Ask around about local shelters or thrift stores and try to find out if they need any items in particular.
When In Doubt, Throw It Out
It can be tough to throw things away, even if they don’t have sentimental value. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to throw away any items that you haven’t used in years that can’t or shouldn’t be donated.
Getting rid of belongings can be challenging, but it will make life so much easier down the line. Decluttering a home leading up to a move, especially where you’re downsizing, is extremely rewarding. Are you thinking about downsizing? Contact us today to talk to an agent about your options!