The Tiny Home Movement has changed many opinions regarding what is needed out of a home. More people are opting to downsize, happily saying goodbye to a large house and property. Maintenance is costly, cleaning never ends and physical items seem to accrue magically in every corner. That being said, it’s not always simple to get from your large home to a modest one. So how do you prepare to downsize?
Change Your Mindset
Focus on the positives of a smaller home: easier upkeep, less pressure to host, and decreased maintenance costs are all benefits of a home with less square footage. If relocating to an area that allows you to travel on foot or by bike, you can rely less on your vehicle. Save money on gas and have greater access to nature. Find the silver lining of downsizing and keep the reasons why it is a good thing in the forefront of your mind as you sort, sell or donate your belongings.
Keep the possessions you can’t live without. Those are the possessions you definitely need to take with you. Ones that are replaceable are just that – things that aren’t necessary that you can always buy later if you need them. One way you can cut, is to whittle down the things you need to move. Identify the must-haves from the get go and the rest of the process should be fairly easy.
Don’t Double Up
Living in a large home with a lot of storage, it’s easy to accumulate and hoard things or even worse, acquire multiples. When you have a smaller space, you have to have the mindset of use it or lose it. Someday you may find that you really need something you don’t own and you can go out and buy it then. Cut out duplicates of things too, from numerous sets of dishes and glasses to several serving spoons. While duplicates may be convenient in a larger home, these extras simply won’t fit in a smaller space.
It’s A Lifestyle Change
Small homes may not offer the vast storage options of a bigger home, which can be a benefit in some ways. Less places to stash things means you don’t have to go searching through a dark crawl space or digging through mountains of bins to find books or old pictures. In a smaller space, nearly all of your belongings will have a clearly defined home and be at your fingertips. In order to keep things organized, you may need to adopt a policy of one thing in, one thing out to keep your house clutter-free.
Downsizing by choice or necessity means you have to compromise on some things, but you don’t have to give up everything you want and need. There are times when downsizing simply makes sense, so get organized and donate or purge the things you no longer need.
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