A lot of people don’t realize how much stuff they collect in their homes over time. The bigger the house, the more furniture and décor you normally have. Having kids growing up in your “forever” home will add lots of toys and clothes, as well as furniture. Many believe that decluttering and downsizing can positively affect your mental health. It can reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and even bring you sense of achievement.
Letting go of things you bought and have owned for some time is not an easy task though. We love to hold on to things that bring us comfort and still remind us of people in our lives. What we might not realize is that not only the things of the past can carry the energy we don’t require any more, they might hold us down, keep us in the past.
The practical side of downsizing has some benefits too. You get to get rid of old clothes in your closet that either wore out or does not fit you any longer. It will be much easier to see and get to the clothes that you do want to wear! That’s excellent. You also can see what’s missing in your wardrobe that could help your career.
There are several areas that we advise for you to concentrate on when you start decluttering. It can be daunting to start with everything at once, so focus on one area at a time and tackle it gradually. No one sets any due dates and time frames! Unless you have to move and only have until your new house is closed on to sort through the memories, take your time and consider the therapeutical benefits of downsizing.
You can start this process with the closet. Go through all your clothes, donate the items that can help someone, and throw away the items that are worn out or cannot be fixed. If you have a pile of pants that need to be hemmed down put them in a box or a bag and leave them at your front door. Next time you go somewhere you can take them to the tailor.
Kitchen is another very important area for downsizing. All the cracked and broken dishes and cups can go. If you want to renew completely, donate the dishes and buy a whole new full set, maybe in a fresh new color that matches. This area includes the fridge and “the ultimate black hole” – the pantry! It’s easy with the fridge: once a week go through the shelves and dispose of the expired food while you are making your shopping list for the week. Your pantry requires more attention.
Another area of your house to focus on in your study/office/command center. Check out this gallery. Books you have already read and don’t plan on keeping can be donated. Imagine the gift you can share with others – nothing better than a book! Papers, cards, documents need to be sorted through. There are plenty of organizational ideas for this area. No only the look of your home will improve, but you will feel more efficient in handling anything life throws at you.
Usually we collect things that we bought and stored under the sink and then forgot about then, meanwhile those old soaps and conditioners gotten bad. Don’t hesitate and clear some space. Why not put some cute baskets underneath and store towels or cleaning supplies. Expired beauty products like makeup take space as well, and those can go first. They might make your skin irritated, so don’t risk it. There are great options for the top of the counter storage options.
This is more of a category of things at your home, not an area of your house. Sentimental things can be located pretty much everywhere: pictures in frames on walls, kids paintings on the fridge, myriad of old cards, jewelry, etc. Go through all of those and decide what items it’s time to part with. Realize that you are making memories every day and there will be more items. The process can be simplified if you have a small shoe box or another type of container where you can store these items. That way you know how many of them you can actually keep.
Downsizing is a healthy and necessary process for you to de-stress. You will feel like there is more room in your house and in your head. We recommend decluttering once a year and certainly before you make a move to your new house. For help with downsizing and hauling off the items you are ready to donate or sell to the antique shops, please contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City. Our movers are licensed, insured, and professionally trained to handle any decluttering job.