DECLUTTERING FOR DOWNSIZING
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT ALL WITH YOU - WELL YOU CAN, BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO CART ALL THAT STUFF TO YOUR NEW HOME ? AND CULL IT, DON’T STORE IT.
Moving house is an opportune time to cull a bunch of items you no longer need. When the opportunity comes for you to downsize, it’s like a breath of fresh air. A lot of people end up getting rid of everything except their personal items as they can start from fresh.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
Look at the key furniture pieces you have, and how they can live in your new space. Maybe you have a big lounge set that won’t fit but if it will fit only one chair, perhaps you can use it as an occasional chair in the bedroom or as part of an eclectic look in your lounge room.
DON’T GET EMOTIONAL
You don’t need to hold on to all of the artwork from your kids. Perhaps frame one and take photos of the rest of them and save those.
NO TO STORAGE
Don’t drag things with you to the new place because you may not have time to sort it. Do it before you put the house on the market and try not to put old stuff in storage. It may never come out.
INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY
Ask your kids or relatives if they want pieces of furniture you’ll no longer need. When you pop over to your kids’ house they might have something from when they grew up, which is a nice memory for you, without having to store it all in your home.
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