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Need to Downsize? Here are Helpful Tips on How You Can Declutter for a More Compact Space

Need to Downsize? Here are Helpful Tips on How You Can Declutter for a More Compact Space


One of the reasons people move to a more compact space is practicality. Early this year, it was found that rental rates in Sydney have a 1.9% increase every year and that because of the Coronavirus pandemic, rents have reached an all-time high of $477 ex GST as of July 2021 (source: However, you might encounter one problem when moving to a smaller home is storage space. It is only normal to have more stuff from your bigger property.

Begin ASAP, but don’t rush it

Downsizing is a process that takes time and a lot of effort. Of course, you don’t have to do everything on the same day. What’s important is that you begin the decluttering process. In this way, you don’t think too forward about the mess and cleaning you will deal with later. You should already plan to downsize your things at least three months before your move. This gives way to more important stuff like contacting removalists and getting paperwork ready. There are different methods on the internet on how you can begin decluttering.

  • One-a-Day Method. You can either throw out one item per day or throw out several things that correspond to a date. For example, letting go of 15 items on the 15th of the month.
  • The Marie Kondo Method. Marie Kondo popularised this method through her TV series on Netflix. You need to put your things into different categories for this process and determine the ones that “spark joy” for you. If certain things do not “spark joy,” they go into the discard pile.
  • Four-Box Method. One of the most common ways people declutter is by categorizing their things into four categories: keep, donate, trash, and sell.
  • Closet-hanger method. This method is used on clothes where you face all the hangers away from you. Then, every time you use the clothes on that hanger, turn the hanger to meet the other way. By the time you move, all the hangers that are not faced towards you should be disposed.


Do one room at a time

People’s one mistake when trying to declutter is by doing all rooms simultaneously. This would lead to an overwhelming experience, and you might not get to finish or declutter thoroughly. You can first start with the room with the least clutter so that you can ease into it. Then, you can try out categorizing or assigning the order of the spaces where you intend to begin cleaning and where you plan to end. In this way, you can avoid one big pile of junk in your room that is hard to clean. 


Take accurate measurements of your new space

Another way you can fit your things into your new property is by knowing how big or small your future home is. This will help you estimate how much stuff you can move or bring over without making a mess in your new space. Knowing the correct measurements of the space you will live in will help you prioritize which stuff to move first. It is why Hiring Removalist services is helpful when moving to a new area. AAA City Removalist can ease the burden of figuring out what can or cannot fit in your new home.

Be strict about your decluttering rules

One complicated thing about downsizing is not applying your established rules to all of your stuff. Instead, you are constantly making exceptions for certain things that you think might be useful one day or something that you have been saving to use. Stick to your rules, and don’t make any exceptions. The more you make exceptions, the higher the chance that your downsizing will fail.

Find inspiration in your lifestyle

Nowadays, social media has painted pretty pictures of what desirable living spaces look like. Because of that, people have conformed to their lifestyles from what they see on the internet. So, if you think you want to live a minimalist lifestyle, you cannot achieve that with a mountain of junk that you don’t need.

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When you are planning to move to a smaller or more compact space, it would be best to seek the help of professionals like AAA City Removalist. We can give you recommendations on how to move houses, and assist you with reliable transport services that would make moving easy for you. To know more call (02) 9737 1111 Or Get A Quote

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