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10 Tips for Downsizing and Ditching the Drama!

minimizing Aug 05, 2019

By Ruth Zeman

Use these easy downsizing tips to reduce clutter and make moving to a smaller home easier

 

Modern living has tons of perks. We’ve moved past sliced bread and indoor plumbing straight to watching tv on our phones in our indoor plumbing rooms. It’s enough to get carried away!

 

In fact, most of us have let stuff creep in and take over our lives. Enter the newest trend, smaller living. Some folks, (Hipsters and Millennials) have taken it to tiny homes. The rest of us poor slobs (who aren’t crazy or have kids) have simply stepped down in square footage.

 

Thus discovering, this isn’t nearly as easy as they made it look on TV.

In fact, it’s really hard.

Fraught with emotions and overwhelming.

 

Here’s a list of ten organizing ninja’s secrets to help you downsize:

 

  1. Prep your space.

    Grab a big box for giveaways and put it at your side. Have another container or bag ready for trash. Making it easier for you to make decisions by limiting your walking around.

  2. Use behind the door organizers.

    Put them in your closets. Just because they say, “behind the door” doesn’t mean that’s all they can be used for.

  3. Use 3m hooks to hang those organizers when there’s no door to hang them from.
  4. Grab someone who understands to make time fly.

    Never underestimate the power of doing it together!

  5. One room at a time.

    Set a goal and take a break when you’ve met it. Unpacking and downsizing is emotional. Give yourself breathing room to deal with the emotions.

  6. Get help making all those decisions.

    I don’t know about you but I find while I can do my own nails, getting someone else to do them makes it a delightful experience instead of a messy chore. Add to the mix that you’ve moved, it’s better to have help, trust me.

  7. Don’t be afraid of donating big items.

    I know you remember what you paid for that couch, lamp, tv but it’s just stuff getting in the way now, let it go.

  8. You know what you like, stick with it.

    In the Bathroom this means stocking up on the brand you like and not needing to try everything new under the sun. Freedom people, freedom.

  9. Speaking of bathroom items, ditch the old stuff.

    Seriously. I know your grandma is putting slivers of soap into a jar to make a new bar but you’re allowed to throw it away. This is not the great depression.

  10. Allow for empty spaces.

    They are not judging you for not filling them up with stuff. They are rest notes that allow you to delight in what you do have. It’s okay to not fill the top shelf in your kitchen cabinets. It’s okay to leave under the sink mostly empty. Space is a good thing. See them as restful.

 

And Congratulations on your big change!

Welcome to more freedom!

More time for what’s important. (Netflix and Chill, right?).

 

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