What To Do With Your Stuff When You're Downsizing

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What To Do With Your Stuff When You're Downsizing

What To Do With Your Stuff When You're Downsizing

28 October 2016
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Downsizing to a smaller home can be beneficial for many reasons, including lower financial strain and fewer spaces to clean. But figuring out which items to keep for your new space can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some ideas on how to get rid of your stuff.

Create a Space Plan for Your New Home

One of the first things to do is create a space plan for your new home. If you approach the move by asking yourself if you want to keep each item you own, you might lean towards keeping way too much. This is especially true if you've had your furniture and belongings for quite some time; it's easy to see each item as essential. Instead, try approaching the plan as, "what do I need in my new space?" Once you have an idea of what you see in your new space, you can fill in the plan from the items that you already have. Things that are left over after this exercise may not have a place in your new, smaller home.

Try Storage

If you are really reluctant to get rid of anything, you could try using climate controlled storage units to guide your move. Try starting out with just the essentials in your new home, and then put everything else in storage. If you find yourself missing certain items, you can make a list and slowly bring them out of storage. Whatever is left in your storage unit after a year is probably safe to get rid of.

Give Items to Friends

It may be less painful to get rid of items if you know they're going to someone you love. You could host a party where you let friends put their name in the hat for items they want. That way, you won't have to choose outright between two friends who want the same couch.

Hold a Sale

Holding a sale is another way to help you downsize with confidence. The money you make off of selling your extra items can go directly into the costs of your move and/or buying a few nice items that fit with the look and feel of your new home.


Finally, it's never a bad idea to donate to someone less fortunate. If you had too much space and too many items in your old place, now some of that stuff can go to someone who may be lacking the bare essentials.

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My name is Emma, and I have religiously used storage units for 10 years now. People use storage facilities for all kinds of reasons, including to store items during a move and to keep items that they want to sell until they can find the right buyer. I'd like to tell you some facts about storage space that you may not have considered but that can help you with your storage needs. I'll let you know how to find the right space, how to get a deal on a storage space and various ways you can maximize your storage facility to your benefit.