One day the time will come when you will feel ready to downsize – perhaps the kids will have finally moved out or you just want to free up some money that you can then spend on those once in a lifetime holidays.
Whatever the reasons you will find many benefits come with downsizing – you will have less rooms to clean for one, which means more time to do the things you want to do. Plus, a smaller house means lower bills – so you will also have more money to spend.
However, one downside could be deciding what to do with your belongings because while it might all fit comfortably into a 4-bedroom house, it won’t fit quite so well into a 2-bed property.
With that in mind, this is the perfect time to have a clear out – so here are 5 things you could do with your extra ‘clutter’.
Put it in storage…
Extra clutter isn’t necessarily rubbish. Just because you don’t have space for it and don’t use it on a daily basis, doesn’t mean you don’t want it. The problem is what do you do with it? Well, you could put it into storage. Find a local storage company – this will mean adding to and picking up your belongings, as and when you need them, will be a quick and easy task. Plus, with extensive 24/7 security, you will have peace of mind that your belongings are safe.
Give it to charity…
Do your good deed for the day and give all your unwanted possessions to charity – these could be popped in the charity bags that come through the door or taken to your local charity shop. If you take it to Cancer Research, for example, each bag is worth an average of £25, so your unwanted items will become funding for research and support groundbreaking work.
You know what they say; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Just because it is clutter to you and you don’t want it anymore doesn’t mean someone else won’t. It could be exactly what someone is looking for and while they will get a bargain compared to how much they might pay in the shop, you will get some money for something you would probably have just thrown away.
Why not transform something old and boring into something brand new and exciting by up-cycling it? Take a look through Pinterest for some inspiration – not only will it be a fun way to pass the time, you will end up with something ‘new’ without having to spend any money.
Offer to friends and family
If the reason you are downsizing is because the kids have moved out on their own for the first time, they will probably be incredibly grateful for your ‘clutter’. Particularly if your clutter includes household essentials that they perhaps can’t afford to purchase new right now.
Try out some of these tips when it comes to de-cluttering your home and enjoy all the newfound space available!