The Habit of Downsizing
There are several reasons people downsize these days. Retirement, divorce, loss of job, the newest one is simplification. People are wanting to leave a smaller physical footprint on this world and for whatever the reason, downsizing sounds easy, and it can be. However, it comes with new thought patterns and habits. Those habits are the tricky ones.
So, let’s start with the mathematics of it all, say you live in a 4,000 sq. foot house and you want to move to a 2000 sq. foot condo. Logistically, that means that half of your stuff must go.
First things, first. Decide what’s most important to you. Start big. Can you delete entire rooms? Can you live with three bedrooms instead of four? Which beds do you want to keep, which are you giving to family, and what should you do with the beds you’re divesting yourself of. Once you’ve decided on rooms and their furniture, go through each room and decide on items in that room. For example, label what you want to purge and pack. If you want to keep your dresser, then stick a colored note saying yes. Nightstands yes, Desk no. Extra chairs, no. etc. Do the same thing with everyone thing even your linens. Keep that same process going throughout your home. Do not pack any area without going through it. This is the main reason people get over-junked.
In, The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo – continually asks does this item bring you joy? Is it necessary? If you are giving up 1 or more bathrooms as you downsize, do not keep all 5 sets of towels. Pick your favorites and move on. Yes, you may need an occasional towel for a muddy dog, ceiling leak, giant spill but holding onto an item for a what if isn’t helping you achieve the space of your dreams. Clients give the craziest reasons for having to keep some items. Keep in mind your end goal and remember you’re creating a new habit for this downsizing process. Your reasons just get in your way.
When Design Your Life goes through and help someone purge, pack & organize, we work at getting the client to see and/or touch every single item. As we humans move into an area, we envelope the entire space. When we are not organized we continually buy extra stuff we already have.
One of the main concepts about downsizing is asking yourself if you need it, if you love it, or is it just collecting dust? Once you learn this process and create this habit the world is your oyster. I tell clients all the time, you can pay me to pack it, you can pay me to move it, you can pay me to unpack it, and then throw it away. Or you can save the extra time and money and just get rid of it first. When downsizing, it always gets worse before it gets better. Just remember, if you’re feeling overwhelmed just call Design Your Life because we organize your space so that you may design your life.