There is a trend these days that’s a reaction to the hyper consumer lifestyle. It’s called minimalism and the people who practice it are trying to not only declutter their homes, but also their lives.
It’s a good way to save money as well as your sanity. One of the biggest principles is to downsize your home so you can live with less stuff. Less stuff means that you need less space and can end up saving a lot of money over the years. If you are ready for a change then downsizing your home is the first step. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to get it done.
1 – Get the right furniture
When you move out of a larger house into an apartment or tiny house, then you’ll need to be very wise about the furniture you choose. Since space will be at a premium, you should look into furniture that does double duty as storage units as well.
For instance, if you need a new sofa, then try to find ones that have a self contained storage unit inside so you can put things like pillows and blankets. You can even have an ottoman that is like a trunk so you can store things inside.
Not everything has to have storage, but the space they take needs to be considered. If you want some chairs around, then look into apartment size accent chairs that are stylish and don’t take up much space.
Make a list of the furniture that you do have now that can be used in a smaller space. Everything that doesn’t make the cut can be sold or upcycled.
2 – Prioritize
Before you can move into your new space you’ll need to have an idea of how you will use the space so you can determine what items can come with you and which ones need to be gotten rid of.
Think about the space that you’ll have and then you can get an idea of what you’ll need. For instance, the kitchen may be your focal point in which case you’ll want to bring as much of your old stuff as possible since it will be useful.
If your bedroom is going to be much smaller then go through your bedroom items and separate things in two categories. Those that you need to have and those you don’t. Get rid of everything that is not going to be useful in the new bedroom.
3 – Consider the location
If you are moving into a smaller space, then you can move to the city if you want to live an urban lifestyle. Since the city will be your living room you can do without much space since you’ll be spending a lot of time outside. You’ll have your favorite coffee shop as a lounge, and the cinema will be your entertainment center.
If you want a rural lifestyle surrounded by nature then consider getting a tiny house since they can be built pretty much anywhere.