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The SECRETS to decluttering before you downsize

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Moving into a smaller home that’s designed for your lifestyle and needs can feel freeing. Even the decluttering can be freeing, with the right approach.

PRE-DECLUTTER

We advise that your start the decluttering process at least 3 months ahead to avoid a last- minute rush.

Start by considering your new home:

  • How many rooms will you have?
  • What furniture will fit into them?
  • Does it have storage space?

Then see what you already have:

  • Make an inventory of your belongings
  • What furniture fits the space available?
  • Where will your ‘essentials’ go?

And think of your future:

  • What hobbies/activities/work will continue?
  • What activities will no longer be part of your lifestyle?

THE DECLUTTER

Once you know these basics, you can assess your belongings one room at a time! (That’s why you start 3 months ahead)! Using boxes will keep everything neat.

Box 1: Get in the (recycling) Bin Chuck broken appliances and other damaged items. Be stern with old papers. Generally, keep personal tax records for 5 years. Take a shredder to the rest and to old bills. Expired medication and foodstuffs can go, too. Do you really need that bread maker that broke in 2002? Or those collapsed chairs and ancient magazines? Hire a skip and purge the lot!

At Lifestyle Communities®, we’re all for the environment and ensuring waste is recycled or disposed of correctly. Click here for an A-Z guide to recycling and waste disposal.

Box 2: Out It Goes

In good nick but you just don’t use it? Box it up for the op-shop/garage sale/eBay/Gumtree/donation. Some of those things are more work than others, so decide how much effort you want to go to and organise things as soon as you can. It’ll feel good to, as the song says, let it go!

Box 3: Keep

Keep things you use regularly or that have strong sentimental value. If you still have more things than will fit your new home, revisit the box. Maybe other family members would treasure heirlooms for which you no longer have the room.

BOX 4: STORE

Store the rarely used items like seasonal clothing or festive decorations. Decide whether as- needed hiring is better.

DIGITAL DECLUTTER

Some items you can keep in a different format!

  • Documents and photos can be scanned. Get a digital photo frame for your favourites!
  • Save CDs as digital files or subscribe to a music streaming service.
  • Sign up for a video streaming services to get rid of all but your rarest DVDs.

Plan your declutter, give yourself time, and soon you’ll have a new, downsized home full of things that only bring joy! We’re here to help you figure out the right move, and we’d love to chat with you about what retirement and equity free up could look like for you by making the move to Lifestyle. Call us today on 1300 50 55 60 or enquire here.