Have your kids gone off to college, leaving you behind in a huge, empty home? Or are you hoping to cut back on bills by moving into a smaller sized house? If you’re thinking about downsizing into a smaller, more manageable home, make sure that you get rid of any belongings you don’t need before you start the move. Follow these tips to downsize efficiently:
Get rid of excess.
Remember how you were gifted with two toasters at your wedding five years ago? How many toasters will you need in your new home? One. Start the downsizing process by getting rid of any multiples that you may have. Two areas that you may find a lot of multiples are the kitchen and the linen closet. If you don’t need ten sets of sheets, keep a spare set or two and get rid of the extras. You will probably be surprised how much you can get rid of by just tossing the things that you already have.
Don’t keep gifts.
Everybody has that one friend or family member who always seems to buy the weirdest or most useless gifts. Over time, the gifts stack up around your house because you feel guilty throwing away something that someone spent time picking out for you. Don’t. Downsizing means getting rid of these knick knacks that take up space without serving any function. The gift giver doesn’t have to know that you’re throwing gifts away, so don’t feel guilty.
Does it fit?
Open your closet doors and start tossing items that no longer fit you. It can difficult to finally accept that you won’t ever fit back into the jeans you wore in high school, but now is the time to get over it! Downsizing into a smaller home will probably mean smaller closets, so you shouldn’t take up space with items that you will never wear.
If you plan on moving in a few months, then start the process of getting rid of clutter now. It can be very overwhelming to decide what you do and don’t want to keep, so don’t expect this to be a quick project. Start early and take it room by room, perhaps dedicating one weekend for each room so you can properly sort through things. Create three piles: “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.” Everything in the no pile can be donated or thrown out, and everything in the yes pile can be kept. After you finish going through the entire house, go back to your maybe pile and take another look. Items that seemed important at the time may not matter to you anymore after you’ve finished decluttering the house. Plus, at this point you can look at your yes pile and get a better idea of how much more you need to throw away or if you have room to bring a few more items with you.
Now that you know how to downsize, it’s time to find your new home! Contact our team of real estate experts at Coast 2 Coast Realty who have years of experience helping both buyers and sellers in the Tampa area.