How to Downsize Your Belongings

Downsizing your belongings and your life takes hard work and time, but when you get into the groove, it feels amazing once it is done.

People downsize for multiple reasons, such as moving into a smaller home. Even looking for a smaller home can help you downsize because you know what you want. If you want to move to the sun and fun, you can look for smaller Las Vegas Houses for Sale so you can downsize and save money to spend on western adventures.

Whatever your objective is for downsizing, getting rid of materials has many benefits. Here are some tips on how to get started.

  1. Start Small

When you begin to get rid of things, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. So, plan to work on one room over the weekend. You will be able to see your progress and be motivated to continue.

  1. Make Definitive Decisions

As you go along, what you decide stays, stays, and what you decide goes, goes. Don’t even start a “maybe pile” because one, it creates more work and two, it just turns into a larger keep pile. Make your decisions definitive and maintain your momentum.

  1. Expect Emotions

You may get emotional as you go through your belongings and that is perfectly fine. Parting ways with your children’s artwork or family heirlooms can be difficult, but sometimes it just isn’t worth keeping. Try to select the most important things to keep. Think of what you want to hand down to your children and grandchildren and begin there.

  1.  Go Digital

You don’t have to dispose of family photos and memories to downsize your life. You can scan those photos and save them to an external hard drive. Or, if you like having the actual photo, make photo albums of the most important ones, and you scan or discard the other ones that are on the backburner.

  1. Paperless Billing

This a move that is always asked when you pay bills online, and checking yes can save you a lot of space. Eliminate clutter by having a spreadsheet of your bills and scanning them into documents on a hard drive. 

  1. The One-Year Rule

If you haven’t used or worn a particular item in the last year, you are unlikely going to use it in the next, which means you are unlikely going to use it all. Be realistic and ask yourself what you use and what you need now and in the future. Keep items that serve a specific purpose and will prevent you from spending unnecessary money in the future, but get rid of items that you just don’t use or try on and never wear because they never look right.

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