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There are many reasons why you may want to downsize. You may not need as much space as you have now, or you found a better deal with a smaller home, either way, there are many benefits to downsizing. While downsizing may seem almost impossible, there are ways to make it an easy process. Once you get into the swing of decluttering, you will not want to stop. Decluttering will not only make your room look larger, but also create more space for your new home. Here are some go-to items to purge when downsizing.

1. Clothes

Clothes you don’t wear are a great place to start when downsizing. Getting rid of old clothes can have a number of benefits. This is a great way to declutter your home and free up storage space. This can help to improve the overall atmosphere in your home and give you the opportunity to make use of the newly freed-up space in a more productive way. Secondly, getting rid of old clothes can help to reduce your carbon footprint. By donating or recycling your old clothes, you can help to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill as well as help to reduce the number of resources used to create new clothing items. Finally, getting rid of old clothes can be a great way to give back to your community. By donating your old clothes to charity, you can help those in need and make a positive difference in their lives. When you dive deep into your closet and start analyzing all the clothes you have that you will never wear, downsizing your closet will become easy and is a great first step to freeing up more space.

2. Books

If you are a huge bookworm, purging some books can be very hard. However, books can clutter quickly if you do not have a lot of storage for them. A lot of people buy looks when they see a good deal, but after a while, they never read them. If you have noticed you have multiple books you no longer gravitate towards, read them before or not, it might be time to purge them. You can either donate them, sell them, or do a book swap with some friends. A way to help with the clutter of books is to get a library card.

3. CDs and DVDs

Almost everyone has grown up with stacks of CDs or DVDs under the television stand or collections on display. If you still use them often, try investing in a DVD or CD case. Instead of having rows and rows of DVD containers, you have one case that can hold all of your discs without using hardly any space. Streaming services are also a great way to downsize on CDs and DVDs. Without the need for discs, you won’t need to keep them in your home. With streaming services, you free up shelf space and TV stand space without the need for a DVD player.

4. Sports and Musical Equipment

Some people go through many phases with sports and musical instruments. Some people spend a few months taking guitar lessons and then never pick it back up again. If you do not get the urge to play guitar again after months of no lessons, it might be time to sell the instrument. The same thing goes for sports equipment. If you need it but don’t necessarily play the sport on a regular basis, we recommend renting it or borrowing it.

5. Bags

A lot of people have a variety of different kinds of bags. This can include purses, work bags, luggage, grocery store bags, and more. When people retire from one purse to another, they normally store the old purse in a box under the bed or on display in their closet. If you rotate through your purses then maybe do not get rid of all of them when downsizing, but if you think you will never use them again, maybe it’s time to sell them or give them to a friend.

6. Kitchen Gadgets

There are so many different kinds of kitchen gadgets you could possibly imagine having. Some gadgets include a toaster, a mixer, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a popcorn maker, and more. There are many ways to use the oven for many different purposes, like reheating leftovers, or toasting. If your kitchen is cluttered with appliances it might be time to see what is necessary and get rid of what is not. This will leave you plenty of room for prep work when cooking.

Holland Homes

At Holland Homes, we want to make sure you are ready to move into your new home. The moving process can seem stressful but look at it as a fresh start. You can create new memories in your new home, so sometimes you need to declutter. This leaves room for those new memories. Contact us today and we can help you get started on your move.

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