While large houses are great for some families and can be very convenient, they can also present a problem for many. This is especially true if your children have moved on. Moving to a smaller home can help you feel less overwhelmed. Decluttering and downsizing Myrtle Beach SC is a difficult task. Need some assistance in downsizing to a smaller house? These are our top tips to make your move stress-free.
7 Best Decluttering and Downsizing Myrtle Beach SC Tips
Take inventory of your belongings
You will have less space to store all your items if you are downsizing to smaller homes. Before you begin packing, take inventory of all your belongings.
It’s important to distinguish between the things you want and those you need when you go through your stuff. You should get rid of anything you don’t use in the past year. It’s time to get rid of any items you don’t know you have. You are trying to simplify your life by downsizing. A professional organizer Brunswick NC will tell you to take only what you really need.
Sort through items room-by-room and minimize duplicates
When it comes to organizing your belongings as you sort through them, create a system. The Three-Box Method is our favorite. It forces you to decide item-by-item. Label three boxes or bins with the following labels: “Keep,” “Get Rid Of,” “Put In Storage,” etc.
Keep only items that you use in your day to live. After you have filled the “Keep” boxes in each room, pack it up and label it so it is easier to move and unpack.
You should get rid of any items you don’t use anymore. After you have identified the items that you are getting rid of, you can further sort them by identifying which items will be passed on to relatives or donated. You can also identify what should be thrown out.
You should store seasonal or sentimental items. Once you have completed each space, empty the “Put In Storage” box and place it in neatly labeled storage boxes.
Make a plan to get rid of unwanted items
After identifying which items you don’t want to bring with you, there are many options available for you to get rid of them.
Donate or freecycle: Give what you don’t need to someone else. Good condition clothing, shoes, and other household items are often accepted by local charities. Post your items to freecycle.org and a Facebook group for resale.
A Yard Sale: It’s often one person’s trash that is another person’s treasure. A yard sale is a great way to make extra money if you are reducing a lot of your belongings prior to moving. A garage sale is a great way to sell furniture, toys, books and lawn equipment.
Renting a dumpster: It’s possible that not all the items you are getting rid of is in good enough shape to be donated or sold. If you are looking to simplify your life or get rid of larger items like appliances or furniture, renting a dumpster can be a great option.
Give it to loved ones: Although sentimental items are no longer needed, they can hold many years of memories. Offer to gift family heirlooms that you believe a friend or family member would appreciate if they are in good condition.
Go digital whenever possible
Paper clutter can build up over the years. Take the time to go through your old receipts, bills, and other papers and get rid of anything that you don’t use. Keep any paper documents, including taxes, from the past decade, in a plastic container. You can scan any receipts or records you might need in the future, and then you can shred them and throw them away.
You can also convert home movies, music, and photos into digital files. You can free up valuable space in your living and work spaces without having to give up any of the things you would otherwise keep. It’s not worth keeping VHS tapes, scratches DVDs, or CDs in these days of unlimited streaming. If in doubt, toss them (or recycle them).
Make the most of your storage space
It’s important that you maximize the storage space available when you downsize to a smaller house. Although not all homes have designated storage areas such as a basement or attic, these are some tips to help you keep your home organized:
When possible, create built-in storage solutions. Multifunctional furniture like storage ottomans and platform beds with drawers as well as entertainment centers, wardrobes and bookshelves, and traditional shelving units can all be useful for hiding clutter and minimising it.
Make use of the wall space. Floating shelves can be used to display knickknacks throughout the house and also add storage in your bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.
Hidden storage spaces are a great option. To store sentimental or seasonal items, you can use extra spaces in your home such as crawl spaces, closets, and under the stairs. To make the most out of your space, add floating shelves or cubbies and place clear plastic bins in these places to easily locate what you need. Small bathrooms can be transformed with towel racks, hooks, shelves, and standalone shelves. You can also add medicine cabinets, over-the door hooks, towel racks and bins for undercounter storage.
Measure Furniture before you buy new things
Your new home may not be big enough to accommodate all your furniture. Take inventory of all your belongings and measure the furniture to determine if it can fit into your new space. If it cannot, you may need to sell it. This is much better than trying to move a sectional couch to your new place only to discover it doesn’t fit.
You should avoid purchasing new items until you feel comfortable with the space in your new home.
Give yourself plenty of time
Figuring out the right time to downsize is an important part of downsizing. Decluttering is an ongoing process. Give yourself enough time to plan the move and reduce your possessions. Don’t rush to get rid of everything. Instead, take some time to think and reflect before making any decisions about what to declutter and downsize.
Don’t be afraid of asking for help when downsizing. You can either ask your family or friends for help, or hire a professional to clear out your home and move you into your new place.
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You can save time, money, and space. But, most importantly, you will be able to learn how you can live a more fulfilling life by downsizing.
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Shallotte, NC 28470
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