Downsizing or De-cluttering can be life changing!

DECIDED TO DOWNSIZE, NOW WHAT?

You are finally ready to downsize from your large, high maintenance home, to a smaller cozier place.  Now what, how do you decide what to keep?  Here are some things to consider to help you through the process of downsizing or de-cluttering. First off think about what you truly need. When considering a move into a smaller space, focus on the positives you’ll receive by de-cluttering, then be ruthless!

Ask yourself a series of questions:

  • Would you buy this right now again?
  • When was the last time you used this item?
  • When was the last time you thought about this item?
  • Can you use something else that you already have?
  • Can someone else benefit from this item more than you?
  • For similar items; Which ones are my favorite?
  • If I were stranded on a desert island; What could I not live without?
  • Is this item an irreplaceable work of art that is worth millions of dollars? 😉

USE WHAT YOU LOVE!

Ask questions that will help you pick out the “cream of the crop”. You know which things you love and can’t live without. You’re probably thinking of those things right now.  Those things that you would take with you if you had only a day to pack.  Keep those things that you love and use them!  Box up the rest and donate anything that is not the “cream of the crop”.

MEMORY LANE IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

We know when something is good and useful. We can easily identify something that makes us happy. It’s a lot harder to determine the things that we consider “so so”, especially if that item was given to us as a gift or has some memory connected to it. Remember, your memories are not attached to things, they’re attached to you! If it’s something that you never want to forget, take a picture and put it in a scrapbook, hand write out that memory so you have it when ever you want “a trip down memory lane”.

When you have asked these questions you should be much closer to making a change for the better.  “Letting go and picturing, very clearly, the things I truly needed or treasured, was one of the most liberating realizations I ever had”  Jessica