written and posted by Sound Marketing for House Smart Home Improvements
Thinking of Downsizing?Moving into a more affordable space,... or just feeling the need for having less 'stuff'? You might be asking yourself, do I own this stuff or does it own me? Where did it all come from and why did I think I needed it?
Or maybe you have grown very attached to things and have a hard time thinking of letting them go. Even as you feel strongly that it is time to re-create your space to have it make more sense for your world today, letting go of stuff is sometimes not easy and not just because of the work involved.
Here are some tips to get you going:
1) MENTALLY PREPARE
Getting rid of things can be an emotional endeavor. But try to ponder the freedom you will have when you don't have to continuously dust, organize, and move around your stuff. You will have more room for what you really use, wear and need. You will be able to put your hand on what you want without constantly looking for it amongst the stuff you don't really use. Yes freedom! You might find as you begin to purge, that you have more than one of the same things. You bought it again because you couldn't find the first one!
2) TAKE PICS AND POST THEM
Start by taking pictures of
things in your home that you feel most comfortable parting with. Put ads in places like Craigslist to entice people that may be searching for those specific items.
3) HAVE A MOVING SALE
Post information about your sale on line and include pictures of various items you have for sale in your ad to entice the public. Put out what you know you won't regret selling at first. If you don't mind people coming into your house, it can be a lot easier than having to put it outside and drag it in again for your next sale.
4) KICK IT TO THE CURB, OR GET A FREE PICK UP
Have a good will organization like Big Brothers pick up at your house a few days after your sale, so you can start giving away stuff that doesn't seem to interest anyone, like clothes you no longer wear, or grandma's fur coat.
Or just anything you would like to donate. Remember - 'Freedom'! If you live in Canada, there are bins you can put books into at places like the Superstore.
5) REPEAT STEPS 2, 3, AND 4 IN A WEEK OR SOThis gives you more time to clean out more spaces, and get more brave at letting go of collectable things. Try to sell your most precious things, if you have to let them go, out of the advertising on craigslist etc. That way, you may receive more money for those items, as you will attract buyers who are actually in the market for those particular items.
6) ONE ROOM AT A TIME
7) WHAT TO DO WITH ANY REMAINDERS
If you have some precious items that didn't sell, you may want to consider consignment at some second hand or antique stores.
Good luck! Remember, the real beauty is outside in nature. Get out and enjoy it.