The economic climate over the past few years has lead many of us to the conclusion that less is more. Why continue to pay month after month for rooms in your home that you seldom use? The challenge is where to begin on the road to downsizing your home.
Here are a few tips to get started:
– Take an honest look at your current lifestyle. If you have a treadmill in your home and have not used it for a year, consider selling it and using the money to hire a personal trainer or someone who will keep you motivated to complete your exercise goals.
– For items that you are not ready to part with, but are not currently using, put them into storage with a date to open them in the future. If you find that you have not used these items by that date, it is time to consider parting with them.
– Take inventory of your kitchen. Remove duplicate items such as pizza cutters, measuring cups, etc. A specialty item like a Bundt cake pan doesn’t make much sense if you don’t enjoy eating or making Bundt cake.
– Look at your closet. We tend to hold onto items because we feel that we will either reach the weight needed to enjoy them again or we anticipate that someday they will come back into style. Often times when something comes “back into style” it does so with a different cut. Unless the item holds sentimental value, consider consigning or donating to make room for something that you can enjoy TODAY.
– Explore solutions for limited storage. Consider boxes made specifically to fit under your bed for example. There is a plethora of solutions available to make the best use of limited closet space.
– Finally, consider the cost to store items. It may be less expensive to replace an item if you find that you need it in the future than to pay to store it month after month.
If you have a tip on how to downsize that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you.
Remember, we help clients purchase, sell and lease homes. Call James Wehner at 480-323-5462.