Sometimes, when we are overwhelmed with responsibilities and physical belongings, it can be very difficult to know where to start.
If you need to downsize, take a deep breath and tackle one thing at a time. The thing you need to do is make decisions about larger items.
Make a list of all the larger items of furniture in your life eg, Dining table, bookcases, dresser, desk etc. Write down everything you can see or think of. Now, assess each item and it’s place in your new space. You must have space for these items, or they need to go. If there’s not room, make a note on how you will dispose of the item, sell, donate, or even agist (loan to a friend).
Next, move onto smaller items; books, videos, clothes, children’s toys etc. Do you want your new home to be full to the brim and crammed with things you “might need”? I encourage you to be ruthless. You will feel cleansed and your load will be lightened.
Remember that your stuff is not you, they are simply objects you own. It’s healthy to let things go – particularly when they do not enrich your life.
Everything you keep from here on in needs to be LOVED NEEDED or USED. It needs to add value to your life. No more “i might need it”, “just in case” or “it was special.. once”. You need to be firm. Consider a second hand dealer, e-bay, charity, friends or those in need to give your old belongings a new lease on life.
Call the op shop / thrift store and arrange a collection… remove the first bag of rubbish…. and make decisions about everything you own as you pack. You can live happily and comfortably with less.
For advice on “storage solutions”, that’s a whole ‘nother post!
Remember, stuff first, storage second.