By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

Have you been thinking about downsizing? Has it been on your mind for quite a while… even though you may not be downsizing for a few months or even a few years from now?

Did you know that fall might actually be one of the best times to start the decluttering process? Even though we’re coming into the busy holiday season.

Sounds crazy, right? But think of it this way…


Holiday Decorations

Soon, you’re going to be hauling out your holiday decorations from your attic or from your basements. When you do this, think about how many of those boxes or plastic bins have been stored and not used in several years.

  • How many of those decorations have you NOT used?
  • How many of those decorations have you ACTUALLY used?
  • How many do you think you will need when you move to a smaller home?

Why not take the opportunity to declutter your tree ornaments and holiday decorations right now in the fall season?

Don’t end up moving them to your new smaller home only to have the boxes or bins go unused again!

Learn more: Simplify Your Life: Stress Less This Holiday Season


Summer and Spring Clothing

If you are going through your summer clothing right now…, what clothing did you not wear all summer?

Since you are already transitioning your wardrobe to fall and winter, why not take the opportunity to declutter and downsize your unused summer and spring clothing so you don’t accidentally take them with you to your new smaller home?


Guest Areas

If you are planning to have family and friends visit and stay with you during the holidays, you’re likely going to be refreshing your guestroom and guest bath.

Take a close look at items in those rooms that you can downsize and declutter now so you can reduce the time and effort it will take when you are ready to move. That time spent now will not be wasted. Your guests will appreciate a simpler, well-edited, and curated guest sanctuary.

  • Clean closets with plenty of room for guests to hang their clothing.
  • Dresser drawers with room for them to use without encroaching on your things.
  • Medicine cabinets that are empty except for all those wonderful amenities that will make your guests feel special.

These are just a few things you can do this fall to help prepare for downsizing in the future.

Remember, downsizing takes time… usually 3 to 6 months.

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3 Quick Tips on How to Get Started

1. Create a plan, have a goal and a timeline for your decluttering.


2. Start with rooms that aren’t used or are not being well used.

When you move to a smaller home, think of the rooms that you will no longer have in your smaller home. That’s a great place to start.


3. Remove large furniture that you know will not fit in your smaller home.

Donate, give to family, remove from your home, and your downsizing journey will begin.

The good news is… when you are downsizing to a smaller home, it forces you to make decisions about what you don’t want, don’t need, or will not use so you can focus more on what matters most to you.

 After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

What’s one thing you are going to do to start decluttering this fall?

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