Downsize with ease
Downsizing often comes with natural life transitions. And with today’s cost-of-living crisis, soaring real estate prices and the rise in interest rates, more and more people are opting for a “less is more” lifestyle that may require some measure of downsizing.
Whatever your reason, if you’re planning to downsize but don’t know where to start, here are some tips that could make the job easier, less stressful and maybe even fun.
Allowing yourself plenty of time to sift and sort through your possessions has its advantages:
Gives you a feeling of control and accomplishment;
Provides the opportunity to reflect on decisions about belongings;
Helps avoid the stress of a last-minute rush job.
Work by category
Decluttering is the first step to a successful downsizing effort. To make the process more manageable, Michele Vig, founder and chief organiser of Neat Little Nest, suggests going through items by categories, rather than room by room.
“It’s easier to make a decision on how many screwdrivers [you need] if you gather them up from around the house to see just how many you really have,” she says. “Same goes for shoes, sweaters, books, and the list goes on.”
Then, get rid of any duplicates, as well as items that are outdated, damaged, worn out or expired.
“Save sentimental items for last,” Vig says. Decluttering emotionally-charged items too early in the process could slow you down or bring it to a halt as you spend hours reminiscing over a shoebox full of old photographs.