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15 Tips for Downsizing Your Living Space

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15 Tips for Downsizing Your Living Space

By Erica Sofrina, Author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World

A few years ago I sold my large four-bedroom home and moved into a cute but significantly smaller cottage by the sea. Downsizing had to be done, and within the two-month closing date. Yikes!

Needless to say, going through the mounds of stuff that I had accumulated over the 24 years of living there was seriously daunting. But I am here to say that the benefits of having a more manageable living space has freed up loads of “internal” energy, giving me more time and money for the things that I really love.

Whether you are moving into a smaller bedroom, a smaller home or condo, or live in a petite space, here are some tips for organizing and/or downsizing your life to make your cozier space work wonderfully for you.

15 Tips for Downsizing your Living Space

1. Make sure what you keep is really something you can’t live without. Is everything you own worthy of a space in your home or office? Is it useful – like a toaster, or a shredder, or a great pair of shoes? Is it something that you find beautiful or inspiring – something you love? Or is it something with great sentimental value – one of a selected number of things you keep because of the sentiment? If it’s not any of these things, then perhaps it’s something that you can part with, and let it go to another home.

Surround yourself with things that make your heart sing, or make your life easier. Just OK is not OK!

2. If there’s something you use very infrequently, do you need to own it? Could you borrow it or rent it when you need it?

My small kitchen table has leaves to accommodate 12 people for holidays and parties

I now borrow the extra chairs for entertaining from a friendly neighbor who stores mounds of them in her garage.

3. You can limit the amount of space you’re willing to give to any type of item: Only the books that fit on the bookshelf, only the toys that fit in the bins, only the greeting cards that fit in the box you designate for that kind of memorabilia.

4. Regarding the sentimental stuff: Sometimes it works to take a picture of an item, and let the original go. Keeping antique furniture that does not fit your decor, style or taste for sentimental value will always stick out like a sore thumb. If no other family member is interested, keep the picture of it and donate to a good cause.

5. For children’s art projects and schoolwork: Be selective in what you keep, or this stuff can overrun even a large space. Your children may have opinions on what they want to keep, too. In general, keep the essay about “My Family” – but maybe not the ones about less personal topics. Keep a few wonderful original drawings, but perhaps not the ones where your child colored in a form.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com.

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4:32AM PST on Dec 18, 2014

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7:58PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for Sharing.

12:12PM PDT on May 31, 2014

I used to live in a huge space with lots of stuff to dust and decor to re-arrange when younger. Did it because it was what all the neighbors also did to appear prosperous. Now that I've moved out to a more rural atmosphere, there's no longer the pressure to look a certain way, and I found out there were very few things worth dusting regularly, so the on-going process of getting rid of anything other that what is loved, loved, loved! goes on. I could see myself well-able to live in a tiny house one day in the future.

12:17PM PDT on May 30, 2014

Great tips! Thank you for sharing.

5:16PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

excellent tips....thanks

9:57AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Oh, another useful and motivating article from the author. I recently turned 60 and have talked with friends about how we look back on when our lives were simpler and we had more time for ourselves. Then we talk about how much time and energy it takes to manage our 'stuff'. Gee, could there be a connection?

2:05PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Good ideas,thank you.

2:04PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Great ideas!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Had to move to a small apartment and was able to downsize successfully but it can be difficult at times!

7:37AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

I COULD NOT AGREE MORE!

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