Ready to downsize and declutter? The idea of it may be frightening, but the benefits are immense! Save money on a smaller house and spend less on utility bills. Plus, downsizing and decluttering opens up new opportunities for you to start another chapter in life while still cherishing your old memories. So if you’re ready for this journey, make sure that you have an action plan! Check out online guides or articles that will help ensure success throughout your transformation process. Alexander Graham Bell’s renowned words “Preparation is the key to success” ring true even today. To ensure you achieve your desired objectives, a plan of action that thoroughly examines each area – including attics, basements and garages – must be set in motion. Here are some ideas to help get you started on this journey!
Find An Unbiased Friend To Help You Make Decisions.
It’s often difficult to make decisions about getting rid of items that have been with you for many years. If this is the case, we recommend finding a friend who can help by pushing and prodding you in the right direction when deciding what should stay or go. They may challenge your rationale on why something needs to be kept and ultimately convince you it would be best to part ways after all these years!
Use Four Major Categories for Sorting Your Things
- Keep – Carefully selecting these items to bring into your new home will maximize the space and make it truly feel like yours.
- Donate – Give items that are still useful to those in need, helping charities make a difference.
- Sell – Items that have some value and are worth the time to list on Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, or other sites and resale apps.
- Trash – Invest in some hefty construction-grade trash bags and let the stuffing begin!
Start By Downsizing And Dealing With The Big Stuff
When it comes to furnishing your new home, the bigger pieces should come first; think sofas, bedroom sets, large tables and recliners. If you have no intention of replacing these items in your new abode then great! But if there’s something that has been irritating you for years now is the opportune time to get rid of that item and bring in fresh furniture.
Make Good Choices Regarding The Smaller Things
As you pack, keep anything that is in good condition and has current use or sentimental value. But if something hasn’t been used for months or years – time to get ruthless! Moving can be a great chance to donate baby items, old toys, and maternity clothing (if you aren’t planning on having more kids) to charity organizations like Goodwill. Donating these will provide someone else with the joy of your unused items.
Be Careful With The Keepsakes – Use Alternative Ways Of Preserving Memories
Logical as it may sound, this point is frequently overlooked. Take a look at how many boxes full of “keepsakes” you have that you haven’t opened in a lengthy period of time. Before hauling those storage containers across the country or overseas, examine their contents first! Uncover treasure troves of your children’s artwork, memorable photos and cards, and scrapbooks that can all be digitized with just a few simple scans. With ease these cherished memories can then be stored away while taking up no physical space. Why throw out any priceless items if they don’t have to? Even some nostalgic items like the t-shirt from that concert you attended in 1988 can easily be photographed. If you keep a digital image of an item stored on your smartphone, recalling the memory and sharing it with others is infinitely easier than if you were to store it away in a box in the basement.
Make smart decisions about keepsakes when you’re moving to a new house, and use digital pictures and PDF files to share memories with your friends and family. You likely won’t miss the items held in forgotten boxes. Take this opportunity to let go of them if they don’t spark joy! This way, you will gain space in your home while still preserving those special moments.
Appliances, Electrical Equipment, And Tools – Use The Rule of One Year
It’s tempting to hold onto items that we used frequently in the past but are no longer using. Particularly if we think they will become useful again soon. Yet, it is likely that if an item has gone unused over a year, you won’t be utilizing them anytime soon either; thus maybe it’s time to let go of your pizza oven and those old paintbrushes from your craft project? When considering whether or not something should stay or go, remember there can be exceptions – costly items, highly sentimental pieces and things with a specific purpose all may qualify for exemption from general tidying rules!
Digitize Old Financial Records
Are you looking for a way to declutter your space and stay organized? Digitizing all of your crucial documents is the perfect solution! Scan any financial or personal papers into PDFs for safekeeping, or store them in cloud-based programs like Google Drive and Dropbox. However, keep important documents such as birth certificates as tangible copies. After digitizing sensitive information on paper documents, don’t forget to safely destroy them. Now that’s an easy yet powerful way to free up storage while still keeping track of important records! Forbes has a good article on what to keep and what to destroy. The general rule of thumb for financial documents is keep documents less than 7 years old.
Feeling Overwhelmed Already With The Clutter In Your House?
If this article has made you understand that tidying up your home (or perhaps even your parent’s) is too overwhelming a task, don’t worry! You have several options if the job is simply too huge or if you lack sufficient time. An estate sale could be perfect for such situations. Oftentimes an individual will come to your house and sort out all of its contents, price them accordingly, then host a sale – usually taking a percentage of the proceeds in exchange for their services. Furthermore, the items left over after the entire process should prompt you to consider offering cash-in-hand opportunities for both the building and any remaining possessions it contains.
Professional Home Buyers Can Help You Declutter And Sell Your South Florida Home For Cash
A professional home buying company like House Heroes will make you a cash offer on your property in South Florida or other locations in Florida. Get rid of the stress and mess! We can provide you with quick cash for your property so that you don’t have to worry about making repairs, clearing away clutter, or dealing with piles of junk. If you’re ready to say goodbye and move on from this hassle-filled process – get a free, no-obligation cash offer today! We buy houses in as-is condition in South Florida, and we would love to help you too!
You can declutter as much or little as you desire, and leave the rest to us. This allows you to close the transaction in a fraction of the time it typically takes during traditional sales where cleaning, repairs and making sure your house is empty could take months!Our team is standing by to assist you in selling your South Florida home quickly for cash so that you can move on from the clutter and mounds of stuff that fills your attic and storage areas. You can learn more about how our process works by clicking here. You can read our Google reviews by clicking here or watch some videos of satisfied clients here. If you would like to talk more to one of our friendly professional experts, Call us at (954) 676-1846 today. We can give you a no-obligation quote usually within 24 hours. If you accept the offer, we can close the sale and give you cash within just as little as one week. There are no fees, commissions, or closing costs. We hope the best for you. Let us know if you feel we can be of help.
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