5 Tips for Downsizing and Decluttering
Many of us have heard about Marie Kondo's KonMarie method about tidying up and decluttering your home. Her advice is not only useful when you want to declutter, but its a great first step when you are ready to downsize or put your home on the market.
1. Hone In On The Benefits
When you begin the process of decluttering and downsizing, you should constantly remind yourself of the freedom this will actually bring you. You won’t have an excess of physical things weighing you down or taking up valuable space - both in your home and mentally in your mind.
Don't focus on what you're losing. Look at what you're gaining. Downsizing can equal a lower mortgage or rent per month, freeing up your budget for things like traveling and other experiences.
2. Focus On Your Needs, Not Wants
This is a tough one! When are getting ready to move, you need to focus on the things that are absolutely essential.
Follow the one year rule. If you haven’t used something in over a year, chances are you’re not going to use it this year either.
Begin by sorting your items by category, not location. Go through clothing, appliances, shoes, books and then focus on sentimental items last.
3. Does It Spark Joy
Marie Kondo’s catchphrase is “Does it spark joy?” The idea behind this concept is that if an item doesn’t bring you joy, you shouldn’t hold on to it.
Focus on the easy items to get rid of first and then work your way up to the items you’ve been hoarding. While our possessions can act as an extension of ourselves, sometimes our environments can become cluttered because we hold on to items we haven’t used in years.
If you haven't yet watched Marie's Netflix Series, click here to watch the trailer.
4. Utilize Creative Yet Effective Storage Options
Challenge your creativity with different storage configurations in order to maximize your living space. Some great examples are placing plastic bins underneath your bed, storage benches in entryways, maximizing space on closet shelves, using shoe racks, and accessorizing with storage ottomans.
5. Everything Should Have Its Place
“Everyone has a place in their house for forks. If you found a random fork in the bathroom or under the couch, you’d immediately know it didn’t belong there and would return it to its drawer without another thought. Everything in your life should be this easy to put away. If an item occupies no specific location when not in use, it becomes clutter.”
- Steve McClatchy, author of Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead By Example