I've literally gotten rid of more than half of what I owned, and still have too much for my goal...to live in an adorable little 500 sf cottage that's coming open next year. I'm 60, single, and trying to get over a habit of hoarding. Not as bad as on Hoarders, but let's just say I have things I think I can't live without that aren't really necessary. I've gone from a queen to a full to a twin sized bed. I've parted with so many things I thought I couldn't live without, and I find I don't really miss them. I've stopped buying non-essential things...no more knick-knacks at all. I don't buy magazines because all that stuff is on line. I don't buy books, although I do still have quite a few books, but most of those are going to go. I left my house in a 23 ft. truck to a 2 br apt. I left there in a 16 ft truck to a rented room, and I want to leave here in a 10 foot truck.
This is some of what I have in mind to further do away with things:
1) Ask myself: Am I going to use this at least once a week? If not, why not (such as with tools, etc.)
2) Ask myself: If I didn't have this, would I eventually have to buy a new one, or is this something I haven't used in years?
3) Could someone else get more use out of this than I do?
4) Take pictures of all the kid's keepsakes and give them away...keep one from each child.
5) Get rid of duplicates, for example, I have 4 spatulas of different materials, sizes and shapes. How many do I actually need?
6) Keep it down to no more than 100 items in each room. Don't buy duplicates of something so I can have one in each room. It really doesn't take that long to walk to the other room and fetch it.
7) Touch everything once. It is either going or staying. No mind changing once it goes into a pile.
I know I'll think of other things too, but this is just what I'm doing right now.
Anyone else doing drastic downsizing, and if you already have, what tips do you have?
Heading to Healthy One Day at a Time!