Downsizing To A Smaller Space
Many benefits come with moving into a smaller space. Whether you are buying a more modest home or renting a small apartment, a smaller area is without a doubt less expensive to obtain and maintain. Other benefits might include spending less time on cleaning, using less energy and getting to create a closer bond with your family.
Despite all the benefits that a smaller space can provide, the process of downsizing from a larger space can be challenging. If you are used to living in a big house, then it might take some time getting used to a compact space. But before dealing with the psychological challenges, you will have to first take on a physical challenge, which is decluttering.
Today, decluttering and downsizing gets associated with the popular term minimalism. The ability to live with a small number of things or very simple things in a practical way is minimalism as a way of living. Now, it does not mean that you will have to give up all your luxury items when downsizing as we all have things that we don’t need or use. Here are some tips that will make moving to a smaller space easier for you.
Focus on Your Goal
Your reason for buying or leasing a smaller space might be because you found a better location and not because of the savings benefit. Whatever the reason, in most cases the goal should be to provide a better life for yourself. Keep in mind that if you are bringing many things with you, your small space will feel too cramped, making your living situation less comfortable.
Remind yourself that you will be saving money in your smaller home. Therefore, more money will be available to purchase items that will compliment the new space better. Renovating your new small home so that it has hidden storage areas or extra shelves are always an option.
Start with the Obvious
The chances are that you have plenty of silverware or Tupperware that you do not use. Things that you have not used for years can go! Give them to friends and family in need or donate them to those less fortunate. Books and music can be used in the digital form, so it is time to embrace the trend!
Make Some Money in Return
Old furniture or appliances that are just gathering dust can be sold on sites like Craigslist or eBay. Organize a yard sale or sell old belongings to a second-hand store. Some estate companies also provide a sales service, where they will appraise and price your items while getting you organized for selling your belongings. Selling your things is not always as easy as it seems and this should be planned long before you move out.
Get Your Mindset Right
It is not always easy getting rid of things that hold sentimental value. Therefore, make a pro and cons list of the things you are struggling to let go. The chances are that you will not see any more reason for holding on those unused things.
If you have heirlooms, maybe it is time to pass them on to other family members. If you are keeping things just because you think that your children will be able to use it someday, remember that innovative products are their future. There’s no need to set aside last seasons clothes or furniture for the kids as they have their own style and plenty of options.
Rent a Storage Space
If you have little time to sort out your unwanted belonging, then you always have the option to rent a storage space, but keep in mind that this will also be money out of your pocket. This option should be used only if you want to buy yourself some more time or if it is confirmed that your children want to use the items once they move into their own place.
Moving into a smaller space encourages one to declutter and find creative ways to fit in your belonging in your new home. Even though this seems like a challenge, for many, the results are less stress, more money, and an escape from those energy-sucking possessions and often living more sustainable.
Mattea Jacobs is a freelance writer who mostly writes about both interior and exterior home design, and environmentally-friendly ways to improve homes. She is also a green activist and a mother of two beautiful sons.