Downsize Your Home Without Going Crazy

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At some point in everyone’s life we all have to downsize. Sometimes by choice, other times it is out of necessity. No matter the situation, downsizing is not a fun activity that people look forward to. There are a lot of decisions to make and forcing yourself to get rid of your possessions can be very stressful. The article below lays out some guidelines to help you get through the downsizing process with less stress and without going crazy. You should start the process by taking an inventory of what you have so you can get a better sense of what to get rid of and what can stay. If you break it down into three lists it will make your life even easier. Decide what items you must keep, those things that you can really live without and then items that can be replaced when and if you actually need them. These lists aren’t set in stone, but they give you a stating off point. So don’t get stressed about them and don’t spend to much time on them. Then move on from there. Get rid of duplicates, sell any items that you really don’t need and that others might want, and donate those things that could be helpful to people in need. Remember not to donate useless items. This can just cause more work for the charities. Before you start to downsize stock up on storage options as well. That way you can put everything in it’s place when you make a decision about it. Do these tips all seem obvious? Keep reading below for more tips and detailed information to make your downsizing smooth.

Whether you’re moving from a palatial estate to a downtown apartment or you’re moving in with a significant other, downsizing is in order. Moving from a large home full of your stuff to a smaller space can be tricky, and while it’s easy to say “just get rid of your extra stuff,” doing it is much harder. Here’s how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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