When you start to live the minimalist lifestyle, then you tend to take a look at how much you’re currently using, and how much you could be using. Some people are content to simply make better use of the space they live in, while others are more likely to instead realize they might not need as much home as they have. It can save money and effort to downsize into a smaller place to live, but you want to make sure you plan it well.
Don’t underestimate your needs
This is an all-too-common mistake. It is possible to lean into the minimalist lifestyle too much and to start living a truly Spartan life. Instead of simply aiming for a smaller home, make sure to put together a list of your needs and your wants, and think about how many wants you’re really willing to sacrifice. You don’t have to deprive yourself of every joy or luxury. Make sure that you’re actually going to like living in the place that you choose.
Take a closer look at what you bring
If you’re downsizing, it’s safe to assume that you’re not going to have as much space to store stuff that you once might have. To that end, you need to take a closer look at what you want or need to bring with you, and what you can get rid of. There are apps that can help you declutter by finding both people who are willing to pay to take them off your hands as well as places and organizations that are willing to accept your old stuff as donations.
Organize the move itself in advance
Even when you’re moving with fewer things and into a smaller space, the process of moving, itself, can still be pretty demanding and stressful. As such, you should look into working with a team that can help you relocate your apartment as soon as you know what date you want to move. Not only will planning early ensure that the team you choose is free when you need them, but it gives them more time to prepare the resources that might be needed for your possessions, including packing material and straps to secure them.
Think about whether you need new furniture
If you have furniture that you can bring and your new place isn’t fully furnished, then you need to really consider how what you currently have might fit in that space. Even if you can technically get it inside, is it going to take up so much room as to feel cluttered and overbearing? If that’s the case, then you might want to look at finishing pre-owned furniture, focusing on stuff that’s compact while still providing the comfort and practicality you need to relax in your new pad.
Downsizing can be good for you, good for the environment, and better for the place that you live, as well, since it takes less effort to ensure it’s properly cared for. Hopefully, the tips help you if you’re planning a downsize.