5 Tips and Tricks for Clearing the Clutter
For many homeowners, downsizing gives a sense of freedom, releasing them from the confines of a large house and allowing them to enjoy the joy of simplified living. While downsizing can be freeing, both for your lifestyle and your budget, it does bring one specific challenge - what do you do with your stuff when you move from a large house to a smaller one? Here are some tips for organizing and reducing your belongings so you can enjoy the simplified lifestyle downsizing afford.
- Start with What's Easy
Some things are easy to part with, so start with those. A good rule of thumb is the one-year rule. If you haven't used an item in a year and it doesn't hold significant sentimental value (like your baby's first shoes), toss it. You'll likely find a drawer with the charger from the cell phone you had five years ago and batteries for a device you can't even rammer. Start by ridding yourself of these items.
- Move to the Closet
Next, hit the closets and get rid of any items that don't fit and you don't love. Again, use the one-year rule. If you haven't worn it, donate it! Cleaning the closets can also help with selling a house by making the storage areas seem larger.
- Measure the Big Stuff
If you know the size of your new home, then take a hard look at your furniture. What do you really use, and what will fit? If you're moving from a four-bedroom, three-bath home to a three-bedroom, one-bath home, you're going to need to unload the furnishings from at least one bedroom. If you aren't reducing the number of rooms, use a tape measure to determine what will fit in your home, and get rid of unwanted or unused furnishings before you move. After all, the more big stuff you move, the more costly your move will be.
- Don't Go Crazy
Downsizing is freeing, and it's easy to go overboard with getting rid of items. However, you don't want to arrive in your new home and realize you have no pots in which to cook your first dinner, or that you accidentally gave away the baby blanket great grandma made for your child. Be thoughtful in what you toss and what you keep.
As you sort, remember that some sentimental items are worth hanging on to. If you're uncertain, keep the item. You can always decide to give it away at a later date, but once it's gone you can't get it back. You can even designate a "ponder" box for those items you just aren't sure about, and return to it after the move when you have a better idea of what you need and don't need.
- Don't Duplicate
Selling a house and downsizing means less room to store stuff, so make sure you aren't keeping two items that do the same job. Do you really need two stock pots or two sets of glasses? If you have duplicates, pass them off to someone who is just starting out or sell them, and make the most use out of the items you do have and need.
As you are considering the selling a home and downsizing process, the right real estate team is going to be an important part of the equation. In the Dallas and Fort Worth area, that team is the RE/MAX DFW Associates team. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today for expert advice about buying and selling a house in this area.