Everyone wants a cleaner and more simple home. But choosing what to keep and what to throw away can be difficult. Here are some ideas to keep in mind.

Downsizing 101

Deciding what to keep is almost always the first step in downsizing your home. We often get a little scared when we start to deal with what we think might be too much.

Here’s what you might keep:

  • Clothes. We all have extra clothes. Keep some apart from the trash pile. If you change your mind, you can donate them.
  • Books. Books can be difficult to part with. But they should go to a good home. Give away some or give them away for a hefty donation. Check to make sure they are still relevant; textbooks don’t make for the best donations and may be thrown out anyway.
  • Technology. The older your electronic device is, the more you should think about its usefulness. Think about taking all the cords and accessories to a computer shop for recycling. Find a local charity that would like your old cellphones and other electronics.

Think About Your Current Lifestyle

Take into account your current lifestyle and see if you can downsize some items to accommodate. If you live alone, less stuff means you can take care of yourself better. If you have a large family, downsizing your home can actually give you more room for you and your kids to enjoy.

For example, your kids no doubt have toys, games, and other items to have fun. As kids get older, their needs change. If their toys and games are still important to them, you can teach them how to store them properly. You might need to consider the fact that your home needs to have some space for the new “big kid toys.”

Create a Plan

Whether your home is tiny or sprawling, you need a plan for downsizing your home. If you make room for everything you want to keep, then you won’t have a place for the things that you want to get rid of. Put the biggest items at the top of the list, and work your way down. It’s easier to say “no” to an item than it is to actually have to make the decision. Keep this in mind: where do see your life a year from now? Do I really want these things to follow?

Get Rid of the Clutter

Trash takes up a lot of room. If you have too much clutter, it will start to make your home look small (which is very unhelpful if you want to sell your home). It is important to clear out your closet and throw away any things that you don’t wear or don’t use. Get rid of any clutter in your kitchen. Put all the items you use periodically such as scrubbing cleaner and wood polish under the sink. Take the time to do a deep clean of your home. Once finished, this is a great way to reduce the work it takes to keep your home tidy in the future.

Have a Yard Sale or Donate Useful Items

Before you sell or donate something, ask yourself: do I use it a lot? If not, then you may want to consider giving it to someone who does! This can easily apply to old clothing that no longer fits, or children’s toys when your kids have grown out of them. Organizing a yard sale or a donation drive is a great way to remove clutter from your home and save some cash.

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When you have downsized your home and simplified your life, it’s the easiest time to start thinking about selling your home. With Sierra Housing Solutions, you can sell your home to us without having to work with a realtor. Call us today!

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