Downsizing to a smaller home is a great way to improve your quality of life. By simplifying your space, you give yourself more time to focus on the things that matter to you.
However, there are some common mistakes that people make when downsizing that complicate the process more than necessary. Make sure you don’t fall into these traps so the process of downsizing can remain smooth.
Common Downsizing Mistakes
Waiting until the last minute to declutter
One of the most challenging parts of downsizing is decluttering your belongings. It can be tempting to wait until a few weeks before the move to declutter as you pack, but this will cause you more stress in the long-run.
Taking it all on at once not only causes more stress, but it will also impede your decision-making. It’s better to start decluttering months before your move. That way, you can focus solely on making good decisions about what you want to keep and what you no longer want or need. Then, when the packing stage comes, you won’t have to think about every item before you pack it.
Not measuring and planning your new space ahead of time
Before you start decluttering and packing, it’s important to have a game plan. Simply looking at the place you’re moving into won’t give you an accurate idea of how much space you truly have. It’s important to get accurate measurements from each room and plan them out ahead of time. That way, you’ll know which pieces of furniture will actually fit, how much storage you’ll have, and what you’ll need to get rid of as well as what you may need to purchase. If you wait until moving day, you may find that certain things you thought would fit won’t actually work in the space.
Throwing away everything
It can be tempting to throw everything away that you decide you no longer want or need just to get rid of it. However, it’s better to donate and sell as much as you can to recycle it instead. While this takes a little more effort, it’s worth it in the long run. You won’t be filling up a landfill with unnecessary items and you’ll do good by helping others through donations. If you want to make some extra cash to fund the move, consider organizing a yard sale or putting certain items in consignment.
Focusing on what you’re leaving behind
Downsizing is very freeing, but it can also be an emotional experience. It’s a big change. It’s easy to focus on what you are leaving behind when you downsize. While it’s important to not ignore your emotions around the move, dwelling on them too much will cause more anxiety. Try to focus more on what you are gaining. You’ll have less to worry about in a smaller space, your life will be simpler, and you’ll be enhancing your quality of life. Think about all the things you have to look forward to.
Not being honest with yourself about what you need
Once you’ve decided to downsize, you want to make sure that you stay honest with yourself about what you need to be happy in your new place, both during the house hunt and when you decide what to bring with you. If you love to cook, don’t opt for a place that doesn’t have enough counter space. Similarly, when you are choosing what to bring to your new kitchen, make sure you keep enough of your pots, pans, and other cooking items so you can continue enjoying that activity. Make plans for storage in the kitchen ahead of time and give up things in other areas that don’t matter as much to you.