Most households acquire a host of cherished items over time. Eventually, you may find yourself surrounded by more possessions than you can handle. Whether you are considering retiring in your own home or moving to a new space, it is important to create a plan to live comfortably. There are many issues that arise that can make the upkeep and maintenance of the home a challenge. Preparing for a new “rightsized” space can be an overwhelming prospect, especially when you have a home full of memories and keepsakes to go through.
5 tips to help you prepare to “Rightsize” for whatever comes next in your life.
Don’t be ashamed to get rid of items that belong to other people.
Quite often, the first place you can begin to clear is where other people’s items gather. Have you held on to your children’s old furniture or stored items for family and friends? If your answer is yes, start clearing their items. Contact family members and friends to find out if they want their items back or no longer have use for them.
Reduce your inventory of seasonal décor items.
Seasonal décor is often difficult for many of us to part with because of the sentimental value and memories attached to the items. Unfortunately, many of us end up with more memorable decorative items than we have room for. This is a sign to declutter before you decorate! Decluttering can save you time and money while allowing you to take inventory of all the wonderful items you want to preserve.
Dispose of broken and outdated items…..things that no longer fit.
In most cases, broken items are no longer useful or functional, but a hazard. Consider discarding well worn, old, holey, or torn clothing, bed linens, and towels as well as chipped or broken dinnerware. We all have those jeans in our closet that we will get back in to some day or clothes our kids have simply outgrown.
Start the process by identifying items you absolutely love and need.
Experts say the purpose of this process “is to create a new living environment that reflects a meaningful, comfortable lifestyle for the years ahead. Personal possessions that have purpose and meaning are honored and preserved for the new home.” After deciding what items are you need to live safely and comfortably, such as a bed, place for clothes or eating utensils, you can then consider which items you love most that are not essential to daily life or comfort.
Be patient and prioritize
In a world driven by immediacy, we often want instant results. Remember that Rightsizing is a process that works best with a plan and lots of patience.
For every milestone in our lives, we use space differently. Re-evaluate, adjust, and modify based on your needs in the present and for the future at a length of time you are comfortable with.