Downsizing your home comes with different benefits. For starters, when you downsize, you will have less clutter to deal with. With that comes more space for you to move around. With more room, you will have an easier time de-stressing and clearing your mind so you can focus on more important things.
Getting rid of all unnecessary and unwanted items will also help you avoid accidents. After all, when you don’t have stacks of magazines and newspapers lying around, you won’t trip over them and hurt yourself.
In essence, deciding to downsize and live a pretty minimalist kind of life has a domino effect that can contribute to your well-being.
So how do you go about clearing your old space to have a more spacious and tidier home? Leading providers of removal services share below some steps to downsizing your home:
Before you begin downsizing, decide where you want to place the items that you think are cluttering up your home. Do you want to put them in the garage, an extra room, attic, or basement? Once you’ve chosen your new storage space, consider the amount of space this room offers.
In case you don’t have any unoccupied and spacious room or you think your chosen storage area is still not enough for the possessions you can’t let go of and you simply can’t throw them away, you should consider using a modular storage system. You’ll have your own personal storage unit where you can safely stash more, or all, of your prized possessions.
Once you’ve decided where to place your extra items, take a look at all your possessions. Aside from looking at the clutter that is easily noticeable, open your cabinets, drawers, cupboards, and other storage areas. Don’t forget about the ones you placed in the basement, attic, garage, and on your lawn
Inspect each item carefully and start considering if you need or want them or not and if they are still usable or not. Also, take note of items that should not be in the area. For instance, you may have forgotten about the plates and cups you’ve placed in the pantry (which should be in the cupboard).
After inspecting your new storage space and looking at all your possessions, you can now go about sorting your personal effects. Allow at least a day for this so you that won’t feel rushed.
Determine which of your possessions you should keep, donate, give to friends or relatives, or throw out. You can even consider holding a garage sale to earn money from your previous buys.
Regardless of where you will store your items, it would work to your advantage if you carefully think about storage containers or boxes you will use. If you don’t have any containers for your items yet, take the time to choose the best ones. Make sure you choose ones that are highly-durable and can be sealed properly to keep pests and other elements away.
To be more organised, try to look for containers boxes of similar sizes and make.
Place similar items in the same containers. If your containers are not transparent, label them properly so that you know what’s inside of them. This will help you if you need to get something from your containers.
You can also go for smart storage solutions that can also have multi-purpose functions. A nifty cabinet can also be a desk. Beds can have secret storage compartments underneath. Your pantry can house several strategically-placed organisers. Save space by repurposing pre-loved items.
It won’t be so easy to let go of things that you have come to live with for quite some time. However, switching to a simpler, happier life, will require you to move along and let go of a lot of items.
Downsizing and opting to live with minimal belongings can be a freeing experience. Aside from giving you more physical space to move around, you can also have a larger figurative space to think and live, unencumbered by material possessions.
John Pfeiffer has been the proud owner of Ashtons Removals for over 40 years. His attention to detail, a product of his accountancy background, and his emphasis on training and empowering his team members, has ensured the vast number of Gold Coast families who have been moved by Ashtons Removals, have had their furniture and effects moved undamaged and with minimum fuss.