Downsizing, or the practice of minimizing your living space and/or physical possessions, is something that can enrich the life of anyone of any age. We often think of downsizing as something people do when they get older or suffer a financial setback, but the benefits of downsizing are not limited to people in these situations. In fact, downsizing can help you declutter, save space, save money, and save time on cleaning and home maintenance. Here are some tips to get you started.

Get started with the easy stuff
If you try to start your downsizing by going through old boxes of family photos, heirlooms, and mementos, you’re going to have a rough time. It’s hard to get rid of our belongings. So start with the easy stuff, for example going through everything you haven’t used in a year and any items of which you have duplicates. This includes clothes, tools, games, and appliances. Technically, you probably haven’t read every book you own in the last year, for example, but you can hold onto those, for now. Here are over 100 things you can get rid of right now with no regrets.

Go digital
We live in an amazing age where you can house an entire book or movie library on a device the size of a piece of paper. Use this to your advantage. You can severely minimize your media collections by investing in an e-reader, tablet, or simply a reliable computer. What do you do with your unwanted books, DVDs, and CDs? Try selling them on an online marketplace like eBay or through an app like DeCluttr. Check here for more apps to help you make money from your old stuff.

Remember that photos also take up more physical space than you realize. You can scan and digitize your old photos. If you miss the physical copies later on, you can always print them again.

Make a “keep” list
Downsizing is one of those tasks that is made much easier with a list, but not just any list. Instead of writing down all the things you want to throw away or donate, make a physical list of what you want to keep. This small shift in your mindset can make all the difference. Start with these essential items. After that, start listing everything you cannot live without. Next, think about what you would save in a fire. It may sound morbid, but it works.

Plan for your new physical space (and make it precise)
When you’re ready to downsize to a smaller home, reach out to your knowledgeable realtor, Lisa Efthymiou, who serves Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, and Trophy Club areas.  When you’ve found your new home it’s important that you actually use it as a downsizing guide. Plan your new home layout before you begin the downsizing process. Use floor plans and blueprints. Every single item that you decide to keep and take with you when you move should have a designated place in your new home. Every single item—no exceptions. When you’re ready to move make sure that you’ve done your research and have hired a reputable moving company to get you from point A to point B.

Downsizing may be your ticket to freer living, both physically and emotionally. It may be a way to save money and save time on housework. No matter why you decide to take this step to declutter and minimize your own life, make sure you go about it with a solid plan. The only thing worse than taking no action is to take chaotic, haphazard action.

Article provided by Gene Ramsey from DownsizingDad.com.