Once your nest is empty, it is a good time to think about clearing out a lot of unnecessary items.
Things to consider getting rid of when downsizing:
- Clothes you no longer wear
This is a good starting place. Get rid of anything that is worn out, too small, or you haven’t used in the past year.
Keep only what you use often. With less people in your house, you are not likely to need five suitcases. One large suitcase and a small carry-on bag is sufficient.
- Shoes and accessories
There is a good chance that you have shoes in your closet that you haven’t worn in a good while (and are probably no longer is style). Only keep what you need for everyday use and special occasions.
- Knick Knacks
Think about only what will fit in your new space and how much time you will save not dusting everything else.
Give away or donate any furniture that is for decorative purposes only. This includes shelves and cabinets used to store all of those knick-knacks you are not keeping.
Books are hard for a lot of people to part with, but there are now much easier ways to keep up on your reading without having to store them. Look into buying a tablet.
- Rarely-used kitchen items
If you can’t remember the last time you used your food processor or mixer, find it a new home.
- Movies and CDs
With so many streaming video options, you don’t need to keep your DVD library (or player) any longer. CDs can be replaced with an MP3 player.
- Sentimental items from your children’s childhoods
While looking at your daughter’s fifth-grade report card might bring back memories, is it something that you need to hold on to in order to cherish those times?