Although it may not sound appealing, “downsizing and decluttering” can actually have a lot of benefits – like saving money on utilities for a smaller home or even beginning a new chapter in life. But before you start getting rid of all your stuff, it’s important to devise a plan so that you don’t get overwhelmed. With the right plan, you can successfully declutter your home. As Alexander Graham Bell famously said, “Preparation is the key to success.” Before beginning the project, be sure to go through every area of your house with a fine-tooth comb (including attic, basement, and garage). You can find articles with plans online that can help you with this process.
Find An Unbiased Friend To Help You Make Decisions.
If you find it hard to make decisions about what items in your home you need to keep and which ones you can get rid of, ask a friend for help. They can ask the right questions and provide gentle nudges in the right direction. Oftentimes, friends can also help by consulting with you on items you don’t need and pushing you to part ways with some of the things that you’ve been holding on to for far too long.
Use Four Major Categories for Sorting Your Things
- Keep – These are the items that you should pack and take with you to your new home.
- Donate – Think about donating items that you no longer need but could be of use to someone else or a charity.
- Sell – If you’re looking to make some extra money, consider listing items on Facebook Marketplace, Ebay or another similar site. You might be surprised at what people are willing to pay for!
- Trash – Get some big construction grade trash bags and fill them up with all the stuff you don’t need!
Start By Downsizing And Dealing With The Big Stuff
The first pieces of furniture you should decide on are the big ones that will take up the most space in your new home, like sofas, bedroom sets, large tables, and recliners. If you’re happy with them and plan to keep using them, that’s great! But if there’s something you’ve been wanting to replace for a while – like an old sofa – this is your chance to get rid of it and start fresh.
Make Good Choices Regarding The Smaller Things
If you currently use it, if it has sentimental value, or if there’s a possibility you’ll need it in the future, keep anything that falls into those categories – regardless of how often you actually use the item. This is also a perfect opportunity to get rid of any old baby items, clothes your kids have outgrown, or unwanted toys they no longer play with. You can donate these items to local charities like Goodwill or Community Aid.
Be Careful With The Keepsakes – Use Alternative Ways Of Preserving Memories
This one may sound logical, but it is frequently ignored. How many boxes of “keepsakes” do you have that you haven’t opened in a long time? Examine the contents of these boxes before shifting them around needlessly. Children’s artwork, photos, cards, and scrapbooks that are stored inboxes can be digitized by scanning and condensed. Even if an item holds sentimental value, like a t-shirt from a concert you attended in 1991, it can still be photographed. In fact, taking a digital picture on your smartphone will probably allow you to see the item more often and share the memory with others than if you left it in box buried in your basement.
With some mindful decisions about what to keep as memories, you can declutter your new house while still hanging onto precious moments–and even sharing them with friends and family through edited pictures or PDF files. If it’s been a while since you’ve looked in the boxes, most likely they contain items you forgot about and won’t really miss down the road.
Digitize Old Financial Records
You can scan and save all documents you deem critical to the cloud or a hard drive. This is an effective way of freeing up space as well as maintaining physical copies of certain documents, for example birth certificates. Once scanned, many papers can be converted into PDF files which makes them easy to store and access using programs like Google Drive or DropBox. Just remember: once these personal papers have been digitized, destroy any tangible versions that may still exist if it’s not required to have physical copies! Forbes has a great article on what you should keep and what you should destroy. The general rule of thumb for financial documents is keep documents less than seven years old.
Feeling Overwhelmed Already With The Clutter In Your House?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed reading this article, and thinking about the enormity of decluttering your house (or your parent’s house), don’t fret. You have options. One solution is to look into having an estate sale. These types of sales are hosted by someone who will come to your house, sort through everything, price it accordingly, and then manage the sale itself. They typically take a cut of the total earnings for their time and trouble but it might be worth it considering how much stuff you’d end up getting rid off. And with all the goods that are left over after such a sale? Well, in that case you could always simply sell the whole lot-house included-for cash rather than trying to tackle disposing of everything yourself piecemeal fashion.
Professional Home Buyers Can Help You Declutter And Sell Your Home For Cash
Home buying companies like LRT Offers help take the stress out of property selling. We’ll make you a cash offer on your house in Phoenix or any other city in Arizona, as-is. You can avoid repairs, cleaning, and decluttering and simply walk away with money in hand. If you’re interested in putting your property behind you without any headache, let us know! We purchase houses throughout Arizona and would be delighted to help you too.
You can declutter as much or as little as you like, and we will handle the rest. This way, you can close the deal rapidly compared to a regular sale where repairs, cleaning and an empty house often take months. Give us a call today and our team will help you sell your home fast for cash. Downsizing is difficult, but we’ll take the hassle out of it for you so that you can finally declutter your basement, attic, and closets from all the stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of. You can learn more about how our process works by clicking here. You can read our Google reviews by clicking here or check out reviews from our satisfied clients here. If you would like to talk more to one of our friendly professional experts, give us a call at 602-362-4742 today. We can give you a free, no-obligation quote usually within a day. If you choose to accept the offer, we can close the sale and give you cash in as little time as one week. Additionally, there are no fees, commissions, or closing costs associated with this deal. We only want what’s best for you and would be happy to help if needed.