Downsizing Planning

Sometimes moving into a new home is bittersweet. While you are excited to move into a new home, it can be difficult to let go of cherished memories. It can be difficult to downsize if you have fewer possessions. Downsizing can also be a chance to start over. You can make your new home feel like home by getting rid of all the clutter. Select the property carefully.

These are the steps to downsizing your belongings without having to give up any of your most treasured possessions.

Plan all the things:

Make a visit to your new home and measure the space and storage spaces. This will help you determine how much you can bring. It’s better to underestimate than to overestimate. When deciding what to keep or what to throw out, take it one room at a while. You don’t have to do it all at once. Moving is a huge job. You can do a little each day and allow yourself extra time to make sure you don’t rush.

First, choose your furniture. You will be able to see how much space you have by going from small to large. If you don’t have the space to take your bookshelf, you don’t want it to be rearranged.


It’s your choice. It’s easy for you to believe that you may still wear the 10-year-old shirt with tags one day. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever wear it again if it hasn’t been worn in the last year. Get rid of duplicates. Are you a collector of multiple China sets or coffee pots? You don’t have to keep them all if you only need one. When sorting, be strict about following a yes/no policy. No “maybes”. You can make a “yes” or “no” pile to force yourself into deciding. If you’re not convinced that the item is worthy of a yes, it’s a no. You will be doing more work later “Maybe” piles.

Decide how you will divide up your “no” pile. These items may no longer be needed or desired, but they are still useful for someone else. Friends and family may pass on special items. You can sell furniture, housewares, and clothing in good condition at a garage sale, or on Craigslist. You can also donate your reusable items to Goodwill. They sometimes have pickups in your neighborhood, or even at your home, which makes it much easier. You can take any items that are damaged beyond repair to the recycling bin, or to the dump.

Keep Memories:

To save space and share photos with loved ones, digitize them. Photo’s albums can take up lots of space, and you don’t use them very often. You can create a slideshow screen saver for your computer or TV by purchasing a digital frame. Photograph items that are good for memories but no longer fit in your home. It is possible to look back at the memories and not keep the item. You can ensure that your treasured items remain in the hands of your family by passing them on to grandchildren, children, and other close friends. You will enjoy the surprise and they will be delighted.


Giving keepsakes new life is another option. Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your memories, such as old movie tickets, letters, and photos. Shadowboxes can be used to create three-dimensional art. It will be easier to find your memories and enjoy them all in one place. It is an emotional process to downsize. You’ll find items that you haven’t seen in years and will need to decide what you do with them. Take some time to reflect and decide. Be aware of your space limitations. You must take with you only what you consider truly valuable.