Downsizing doesn’t need to be a negative experience. There are plenty of upsides to streamlining your lifestyle. It’s amazing how ‘stuff’ collects over time and before we know it, every nook, cranny and cupboard is bursting at the seams. Ask anyone for advice and they’ll tell you to ‘just get rid of things’ but actually committing to deliberately downsizing is easier said than done. We’ve put together a three-step approach to make downsizing less of a drag.
Step One: Plan
Sadly, cupboards don’t unclutter themselves. Downsizing starts with a plan, so before you commit to the cull or hastily part with your family heirloom, take stock and make a list of what you have and what you can’t live without. If your kids have recently flown the family nest and left their belongings behind, talk to them about what they want to keep and make plans to store it for when they’re ready. You could be moving in with your significant other and combining households, so to avoid unnecessarily doubling up, planning is crucial.
Step Two: Purge
Decluttering and downsizing can be challenging, but on the other side of the challenge lies peace of mind. Less clutter undoubtedly leads to a clearer mind and a simpler, cleaner home but before our wardrobes become zen-worthy, we have to make space. The golden rule is ruthlessly asking yourself: “When was the last time I used this?”. If you can’t answer that question, or you start thinking that you’ll hold onto your spare air mattress just in case the other air mattress mysteriously deflates in your spare tent, it’s time to get purging. ‘Insurance’ items are prime clutter culprits, so commit to pushing through to a leaner lifestyle.
Step Three: Pack
Now that you know what you’ve got and what you can’t live without, it’s time get practical and start packing. Before you begin putting your belongings in boxes, you’ll want to make sure that your boxes are going to go the distance. When packing valuable, fragile or sentimental items always use high quality moving boxes. On the surface all boxes might look the same, but good quality boxes are made from higher quality, thicker cardboard and are designed to go the distance. Using proper packaging tape keeps your boxes sealed and stops moisture seeping through.