Is It Is Time To Downsize?
The kids are gone and you are ready for a change. The large home requires more time and energy to maintain than you are willing to give it. You would rather be doing something else than trying to figure out when the bathrooms need to be cleaned.
Is it time to downsize? If you have decided less square footage is what will work for you then following are a few strategies that will help make that transition smoother.
First always remember that 80% of the stuff we keep we will never reference again. And we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Which means that a majority of the stuff we keep we never use. Now let’s get started…..
- What is your square footage? How much square footage do you need? Making this decision will help you later in your downsizing project when you have to let go. Most one bedroom apartments or condominiums average 600 square feet. Do your research and start attending open houses and check out floor plans online to get an idea of what will work for you. As someone who has lived in an apartment located in downtown ( Center City) Philadelphia I enjoy living in about 700 square feet. This gives me the closet space ( room for clothes and storage for holiday decorations), kitchen space (allows me to entertain) and bedroom space ( just the right size for my bedroom furniture) I need.
- Plan your new space. Now that you have an idea of approximately how much space you will have ( for example one bedroom and one bathroom), begin planning the new space. Will you have an eat in kitchen or just a counter? If you only have a counter then you will not need your large kitchen table. For pieces you don’t want to part with repurpose them and use them in other areas in the home. For example one client used a dresser in the living room.
- Purge with your new space in mind. Visualizing your new space and how organized you want it to be will motivate you to let go of items. If you currently have three bedrooms and have decided your new home will only have one bedroom then you need to get rid of some of that furniture. Will you be cooking meals or dining out? If you will be dining out then do you need to keep all those kitchen appliances? Sell or donate furniture and other items you don’t need. For example I worked with a couple that downsized to a one bedroom apartment and when they moved brought two sets of China dishes. The wife said to me, I don’t need this because I don’t entertain like that anymore. In my own life I parted with my 7 foot Christmas tree because I knew I was not going to have a place to store it and all the decorations that came with it in my new apartment.
- Begin packing items that you are keeping but are not using. From the holiday decorations to seasonal clothes store them in containers or boxes clearly labeled. Doing this will give you a jump start when you do decide to officially move.
Steps 1 thru 4 will allow you to downsize your home and life at a pace that fits your schedule so you will not get overwhelmed by doing one step and one room at a time. Whether you move with the help of family and friends or hire professional movers an organized move will be one that will save you time, money and stress and your decision to downsize will be one you will never regret.
If you are moving, downsizing or focused on organizing your home but are feeling a bit overwhelmed, let me help you. Schedule a FREE 30 Minute Consultation so I can help you on your journey to living an organized life.