Planning a downsize? Whatever your reason, use these four tips to help you live comfortably in your cozy new space.

iStock_000074533649_Small

Keep a limit on your items.

For items that we have a lot of – such as books, clothes, or collectables – it can be hard to draw the line when enough is enough. In this case, lay out a firm limit for yourself. For example, only as many books fit on the bookshelf, or 8 pairs of pants and 15 shirts.

Use the “1-year” rule.

The one year rule is the definitive guideline for determining whether you should keep something or throw it away. If you have used an item within the past year, it might be worth keeping. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to toss it out.

Opt for multi-purpose items.

If your goal is to save space, doesn’t it make sense to stock up on items with more than one function? For example, an ottoman with built-in storage space or a floor lamp that doubles as a coat hanger.

Have a plan.

Having a plan can help take some of the stress out of downsizing. Once you close on your new home or apartment, make note of how many square feet of space you have to work with – this will determine how much stuff you need to get rid of. Sketch up a floor plan of your new space to help you visualize it better if you need to.

Looking for more downsizing tips? Check out this article from Care2.com!

If you are downsizing, 866 We Junk It can help you with all of your junk removal needs. We offer dumpster rentals and clean out services to homes and businesses in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call us for a free quote at 866-935-8654.