10 Tips For Downsizing

by Betsy DiJulio | Jan 10, 2017

When you choose to downsize your home's belongings, whatever the reasons, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Start culling right away, several months before you move.

2. Declutter in stages. What you thought you couldn't part with last month may seem less precious with the passage of time.

3. Donate, recycle, or sell a lot, and prepare for more, probably 1/3 to 1/2 of your belongings.

4. Consider auctioning higher-end items; select a reputable dealer.

5. Heavily edit the non-sentimental. Who needs 10 mixing bowls?

6. If it is chipped, broken or stained, let it go. Ditto duplicates, like that pair of fondue pots.

7. For smaller items, divide them into bins labeled "Keep," "Donate," "Sell."

8. Use scaled drawings to plan furniture layout.

9. Be prepared to let perfectly good items go simply because they are too large for your new space or don't fit the new lifestyle you have planned for yourself.

10. Attached to items for which you have no space? Take photographs fpr a special album; let them go.​

Betsy DiJulio is a full-time art teacher, artist and curator with side hustles as a freelance writer, including for Coastal Virginia Magazine, and a vegan recipe developer and food stylist and photographer for Tofutti Brands.

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