Are you moving to a smaller home but dread having to move all the stuff that you've accumulated over time? It's a common problem, but one that you can overcome by working to downsize your belongings before moving day arrives. Here are 7 questions to ask about anything you're sorting through to downsize.
Can You Live Without It? Test your feelings about the object in question. Does it bring you happiness? Does it make your life irrefutably easier or better? If you don't have strong feelings about your things, they may not be worth transporting to your new place.
Can You Borrow It? People often hold on to things that they use rarely simply because they do end up being useful once in a while. If you're moving to a smaller location, you don't have this luxury or excuse. Many items can be borrowed or rented for those rare occasions when they're needed. Do you need extra chairs for entertaining or for the holidays? Rent them from a party store instead.
Can You Digitize It? It's easier than ever to rid yourself of documents and other paper items by using modern technology. Scan must-keep documents such as tax returns, contracts or asset records. Old photos can be digitally copied and kept in organized files, then the originals destroyed or stored in a different location.
Can You Store It? If you still have things that you don't quite want to get rid of but you can't fit in your new place, consider adding some storage. Interior storage can be added using wicker baskets, stackable boxes hidden underneath tablecloths, ottomans or under-bed storage. Renting a personal storage space from a company like Econo Storage is also a good solution for less-used items. Use a well-marked organizational system and rent a storage unit that's a little larger than needed so you can walk around and find items easier.
Can You Limit It? If you have collections that you don't want to throw out entirely, decide how much space you will allow the collection or group of items. Stick with this "space budget" when deciding which pieces to keep. If needed, use your storage to rotate items in the collection for display so that you can enjoy everything in its time.
Does It Have Many Purposes? Furniture or larger items should have multiple purposes in your new house. Try a sofa that converts to a bed for guests. Add storage underneath the bed. Multi-task a table to serve as a work desk, a buffet when entertaining and a coffee table.
By asking yourself these 7 questions about anything you're considering moving, you can weed out the unnecessary and be sure you still have the important things to make your new house a home.