From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Houses” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws.
The tiny house movement is growing as shown in the independent film “Tiny, a story about living small”. The data shows that even though these houses are a tiny, (pun intended) portion of new development, they are growing in numbers.
Are you considering simplifying your life and moving to a smaller place? Selling a house and moving to an apartment? Kids already left home and you would like to have a simpler more economical life style? You don’t have to build a tiny house as the people in this video did… But, uncluttering and getting rid of unnecessary stuff is certainly a must. Here are a few suggestions that we came up with through the years that will help you simplify the process when you move from a large space to a smaller one. If you intend to move to a smaller space and a simpler lifestyle than now is the time to get rid of excess baggage (literally!) and pare down to the essentials.
Five steps to downsizing:
1. Make a plan – Asses your actual needs in your new place. Deciding what you really need requires a good long and hard look at how you live your life daily and prioritizing the activities and items that are already a part of your actual lifestyle. Only take the exercise machine if you use it daily, not if you intend to use it some time in the future. The college text books that you have been hauling with you since college and planning to read sometime, can probably go. You will buy them again, if you ever have time to read them. –
• Take a walk through your house or apartment and evaluate everything you come across (furniture, kitchenware, food, etc.). Ask yourself if you’ve used it in the past year and, if so, how often? Be honest with yourself. If you think you could live well without it, out the door it should go. Make a note of it.
• If you find things that are very hard for you to get rid of, get someone else to do it for you. Have your wife/husband/ friend or family member go through the pile of “must have, but never use” and decide for you what to do with each items. Sometimes the opinion of an unbiased person can make he decision easier. Try to get rid of most of these items. Put the remaining items in storage. If you don’t need or use them within 6 months, give, sell or throw them away.
2. Sell everything you don’t need – Think carefully where to list your stuff for sale. Knowing the differences between the different platforms might be the difference between making money or breaking even. Check out this informative short video presenting different apps you can use to streamline and expedite the sale process.
3. Measure your furniture – You will need to know if your furniture will fit (or not…) in your new place. Measure large items such as beds, sofas, dressers etc and have a list of all items measurements.
You will also need to get the room measurements of your new space. Sometimes the current owners of your new place have floor plans that they can provide. If not, get their permission to measure all the rooms beforehand. Once you have these measurements, make a floor plan using your furniture’s measurements. This will give you a much better idea on what you can keep and what will have to go.
4. Move large items first – Move the large items first into each room. This will give you a better indication of where the smaller things will go. Try not to fill the rooms with unsorted furniture and boxes. Try to sort things as quickly as possible so you don’t have to navigate through small rooms littered with boxes and stacks of furniture after a day of moving. Place furniture in the rooms as you go, according to the plan you made earlier. If you have done your homework correctly, your big items should fit in nicely and you will only need to deal with unpacking the boxes and arranging your smaller belongings in your new place.
5. Enjoy your new (tiny or not) place – You made the leap and entered the world of living small. You no longer have to worry about the financial burden or time draining tasks of maintaining a home too big for your needs and you have simplified your life by surrounding yourself with only those things that are most important to you. Enjoy!
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