Are you waiting to downsize? Are you struggling with letting your home or possessions go? Moving on can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s important that you take steps to downsize as the time approaches. If you wait until you have to move, it will be harder to let things go.
Downsizing mistakes to avoid:
- Doing it all at once
- Throwing things away
- Viewing your downsizing movement in the wrong way
Doing it all at once
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you are taking steps to downsize is doing it all at once. If your kids are moved out or are on the way out, it is important that you start taking steps to get rid of your clutter. As you know, over the years you have collected a lot of stuff. From birthdays, Christmas, splurging, clothes that don’t fit, and random souvenirs lying around, there is just too much “stuff.” If you let go, have a garage sale, or donate to a local charity as the years go by, it’ll be easier to say goodbye.
Throwing things away
Everything you own was bought for a purpose, and that is why it can be hard to throw things away just to get rid of them. We recommend sorting the items you want to get rid of into piles that can be given to friends, the needy, or a charity organization. This way you are making a positive impact with your belongings that may still have sentimental value. Passing things on that can be loved by someone else is a great way to make an impact and make more room in your home.
Viewing your downsizing movement in the wrong way
Are you focusing on everything that you are “losing.” If so, that is the wrong mindset to have. Getting rid of clutter and excess material items is a great way to free up space in your home and your mind. Since clutter is a cause of stress and causes more cleaning time, more and more people are looking towards the minimalist lifestyle. Having less “stuff” in your home gives you more time to focus on what really matters.
Moving is a great time to get rid of your things! Keep in mind, donating to an individual or organization who could really use what you don’t need will make you feel better about the big move.