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.

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA

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.

For more ex­pert ad­vice, go to life­style.com.au

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