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How to Downsize and Organize in 5 Easy Steps

Posted on February 25 2021

How to Downsize and Organize in 5 Easy Steps

Spring-cleaning is just around the corner, which puts a lot of pressure on people to clean and reorganize their homes. If you're looking to transform your home into a refreshing, more livable space, then you're in the right place. Follow these 5 steps, and you'll have your home downsized and organized in no time.

1. Declutter. The best way to downsize is to remove items you no longer need, use, or even want. Sometimes we may go into a closet and see a sweater we forgot we had, or go into our pantry and realize we have so many food storage containers but only ever reach for one or two of our favorites. If you find an item you forgot about and haven't been missing, or if you only use a select one or two items out of an oversized collection, then that's a sign you need to declutter and get rid of those extra items that are just taking up space.

2. Organize with boxes and jars. Our spaces can feel cluttered and unorganized when certain items just don't stack nicely or stay in place very well. If you have lunch containers of a variety of shapes and sizes, the lids never seem to stack properly without sliding around inside your cupboard. This would be a great opportunity to purchase a small box to place the lids in. A similar thing happens with food that comes packaged in bags, like dry pasta - if you try to organize bags of pasta in your cupboard, they tend to just fall all over the place and look messy and cluttered. You can save space if your dried goods are vacuums sealed. Then you can either purchase boxes or baskets to neatly stack them in, or you could get glass jars to pour the pasta into instead. Both options will leave your cupboard looking more organized, and will make it easier to see what you have in there. (Don't forget to label everything.)

3. Store seasonal items away. If you have outfits you know you only wear during certain seasons, store them away during the off-season. For example, you're not going to be wearing your tank top and shorts in the middle of winter, so there's no point in them taking up space in your wardrobe! A great way to store these away while taking up as little space as possible is to pack them into vacuum-seal bags. Then, you can slide these under your bed, or tuck them away in a designated storage room.

4. Try to keep in mind that it's just "stuff". Sometimes people like to hold onto certain items for sentimental reasons - and with certain items, that's okay! But with other items, we need to remind ourselves that it's just stuff. For example, if you're sorting through baby clothes, you might have an attachment to the outfit your baby first wore when you brought them home from the hospital. That is from a special moment in your life, and would be worth keeping for the memories. But the other clothes that were worn for day-to-day living and not for any special occasion? Those items are just stuff, and are taking up space.

5. Think about others. When you're debating about whether or not to keep an item, think about other people. Is there someone out there who would appreciate it more? If you think the answer is "yes", then you'll feel good when you pack it up to take to a donation center or give it to a friend. Thinking about other people using and appreciating some of your forgotten items will make it easier to part with them.

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