3 Easy Tips to Help You Minimize and Downsize 3 Easy Tips to Help You Minimize and Downsize

3 Easy Tips to Help You Minimize and Downsize

Monday, November 12, 2018

Whether you are planning on moving into a smaller home soon, are actively pursuing the desire to downsize, or you just like the idea of a more minimalist lifestyle, the theme remains the same: it’s time to get rid of some stuff! Good for the environment, good for your state of mind, and good for your bank account, owning and purchasing less stuff has many benefits that you can take advantage of. But taking the first steps to get there may seem daunting and a classic case of “I don’t know where to start!” We’ve got you covered: start right here with these three simple tips!

1. Start With What you Have

The first step towards owning less and having less, is getting rid of some of what you already have. And it may sound harsh to say you need to go on a cleaning and donating spree, but doing this sets you up for the right mindset forward so that you aren’t tempted to continue to buy excessive items and hold on to too much stuff.

You can start with your closet, going through and getting rid of clothes you haven’t worn in the last six months, or that made it through their preferred season untouched. If you’re not sure, turn all your hangers to face the same direction and then when you wear the item, flip the hanger. In two months, clothes on un-flipped hangers can likely be given to charity.

Next, go through each room of the house and take out things that you don’t use. Donate them or throw them out, or if you aren’t sure, put them in a bag or box and store them away for a month or two. If you don’t miss them in that time, chances are, they’re good to go!

2. Set a Budget

Once you’ve done your initial clean out, have a look at your current expenditures and see how much you spend on items such as homewares, clothes, furniture, and other material items. Commit to cutting this back by at least 50%, especially if most of the spending is on non-essential items.

3. Set a Timeline

In addition to setting a budget, set a timeline for the minimizing and decluttering process. Give yourself 4-6 weeks to complete the clean-up of your home, downsize the number of items you own, and adopt a more minimalist attitude towards spending and ownership. Alternatively, if you were able to do all the purging right away, going on a complete home clean up, set a maintenance goal: check in with your progress in 4-6 weeks to make sure you haven’t gone backwards and reverted to old ways!

Are you ready to find a smaller house to match your new, minimalist lifestyle? Reach out to Global Realty and we’ll set you up with exactly what you need.

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