10 Tips for Downsizing

  1. Prioritize your necessities.

Take note of what you ACTUALLY use daily.  This can eliminate many items that you think you use, but in reality, do not at all.  When you know what you truly need, make sure to pack it all with you for the move.

  1. Sell items you don’t need.

After deciding what your necessities are, you determine what remaining junk you own.  It may seem worth it to keep, but if you do not use it, sell it.  Would it be better to keep these items and have them take up space, or have money to spend on other things?

  1. Try to minimize duplicating items.

You need to have multiples of items such as plates and bowls, but items like an extra futon in the basement or five of the same kitchen knives are a different story.  Eliminate the extra items you don’t need to make room for new items.

  1. Prioritize the important items.

You can’t throw out everything.  Some things to make sure you keep include important papers, sentimental items, emergency supplies, and more.

  1. Tackle one room at a time.

It may be hard to let some things go, so not doing it all at once makes it less overwhelming.

  1. Measure the new space that you’re moving into.

If some of your items physically cannot fit, it’s an easy answer as to whether you can keep it or not.

  1. Don’t sulk about letting things go.

Don’t be upset about having to let go of an old t-shirt, feel good about being able to donate it to someone who needs it.

  1. Let go of items that are broken or chipped.
  2. Use new storage techniques to fit more into tight spaces.

Simple storage techniques such as fitting smaller boxes into large drawers or boxes can allow for multiple items to be stored nicely.

  1. Be strategic when moving in.

Move in your large items first, then fit your small ones into the remaining spaces.