If you are moving from a house to an apartment, one of the things you may consider doing, perhaps out of necessity is to downsize. This is not always the easiest thing to do and it does pose a number of challenges.
Unless you contact a mover, it is a lot of work and is also time-consuming. You need to go through everything. You have to make sure something important isn’t hiding somewhere (like an important document). It can also pose some emotional problems, as you may have to get rid of things that was, or is, special to you that has sentimental value. Let’s take a closer look at some tips on downsizing in an organized and efficient way.
This is the first step in downsizing so that the task becomes less daunting. There are some things you don’t even have to stop to think about; you know immediately that it can be thrown out. You are bound to have things that can go in the garbage. Things that no longer work, like broken tools, electronics, damaged hoses and even clothing that you know you will never wear again. Now’s your chance to quietly throw away those platform shoes. Even John Travolta has.
2. Least Used Areas
Go through the least used areas in your home first. A lot of the time, many things that you didn’t want to deal with at the time end up in these places. That means you should check your garage, basement, garden and attic for things that can be thrown out. Another place to check is also your car. Sometimes people carry around stuff in their car which they don’t need.
3. Can You Use It?
You need to ask yourself whether you can use everything that is in your home. There may be things that are broken and do not work, and if so, there is really no point in bringing it to your apartment as space will be an issue, so consider discarding it. If it is useless, chuck it out!
4. Emotional Value
This is perhaps the hardest issue to handle when it comes to downsizing. Sometimes, people take with them things that they don’t really use or come into contact with for years, yet it follows them wherever they go, from home to home. This is because such items have a powerful, emotional, sentimental value and to them, it is priceless. It can be hard to let go of something like this. Letting go may invoke some kind of guilt in them. It also depends on the kind of person you are.
Some people are made of sterner stuff and may be able to get rid of it, albeit with a little difficulty, while others just can’t manage to do it. There is no right or wrong answer here. This is indeed a difficult situation. If you can’t handle letting go of it, there is nothing wrong. You are human. If this is you, then don’t torture yourself; by all means, pack it and take it with you.
If you cannot use something or if it is no longer needed, get rid of it. Even documents like tax returns can be thrown away after 7 years or so. If clothes are out of fashion and you haven’t worn it in a couple of years, say goodbye to it. Anything that is still good but you do not want to take with you can be sold in a garage sale or perhaps it can be donated.