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Making use of designated storage for seasonal items can help make the decluttering process less stressful. By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to a clutter-free home.

How to Downsize When You're Moving

If you are planning a move or thinking about decluttering your home or downsizing to a smaller house, the list of things to do can seem overwhelming! Making use of designated storage for seasonal items can help make these processes much less stressful.

An effective way to use storage in the decluttering process is to begin by removing anything from your home that you don’t need for the current season. This will make your home feel like a clutter-free sanctuary almost overnight!

By removing seasonal décor and items for entertaining, as well as clothing, personal records, mementos and recreational equipment you use only seasonally, your home will instantly have extra breathing room for organizing your day-to-day items. It will also be much easier to find or sort through seasonal items when you need them.

How your home functions for day-to-day living is vital to your emotional health! It’s worth taking the time to consider dedicated storage for lesser-used items so you can begin to live a stress-free life in your decluttered home!

Step 1:

Take a quick walk through your home, making note of all the infrequently used seasonal items you are storing throughout. You’ll probably be surprised how many of these items are stuffed away in closets and cabinets!

Plan to get rid of those items entirely or use designated storage as an effective alternative or first step to decluttering your home.

Step 2:

Set up your newly designated seasonal storage spaces. You might want to install special shelving areas in the garage or basement for seasonal items you use more frequently and you might consider setting up an offsite storage unit for items you rarely need but want to keep.  This storage area could also serve as a temporary holding place as you prepare to move or downsize.

Step 3:

When preparing to organize seasonal items, plan to group them by similar season, activity or holiday. Consider using different colored shelves or bins for winter holiday décor and summer supplies, such as camping gear, to make it easier to locate these items when you need them.

Step 4:

Now it’s time to begin decluttering your home! Choose a closet or cabinet to start with.  Remove everything and sort it into three categories—items you currently need on a regular basis, items you need in other seasons, and items you no longer need.  Return the items to the closet that you need on a regular basis in this season. Give away anything you no longer need. For remaining items, sort them by season and take them to the newly designated area.  Go closet by closet and cabinet by cabinet to repeat the process.

If your storage areas become too full, get ruthless about decluttering and give more things away!

Step 5:

Take a look around at your decluttered home, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the benefits of a job well done!

Step 6:

If you are not moving from your home, continue to maintain your new storage spaces. Do similar scans of your home at least once a year to determine if any unnecessary seasonal items have made their way back into your home.

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If you are moving to another home, now you’ll be able to better assess what to keep and what to get rid of, or plan to store, before you make the move. There’s no need to move unnecessary clutter into your new home, and now you have a system to ensure that it doesn’t happen!

Are you in the process of decluttering, moving or downsizing? Do you have any tips?

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About the Author

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the author and creator of one of the top home decorating blogs on the web, The Inspired Room. She has been featured on such sites and publications as, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal.

  • maria

    Excellent post! Very concise and very much what I needed right now as I was feeling quite overwhelmed with having to sort and pack to prepare for a move shortly! Thank you for this much needed advice!!

    • melissa @ the inspired room

      You are welcome, good luck with your move!

  • Kay

    We are moving from a 3-bedroom to a 1-bedroom house. Talk about down-sizing! My plan of action includes massive PURGING. It feels good to do said-same.

  • Nancy

    We recently moved from a large home to one the size of our first “starter” home, and are thrilled to have downsized, but getting to this point was a PROCESS. And, in fact, it still is and will continue to be. I view the process like doing an archeological dig and going through layers, one layer at a time. Even now, though we look settled, I continue to assess whether something is needed or wanted and how it fits into our lifestyle and space now. Thanks for your help.

    • Uncle Bob’s

      It can be a process, but we’re glad it’s working out for you Nancy. Thanks for reading!

  • Diane

    After down-sizing as empty nesters from 3500sf to 2000sf I am proof that it can be done and it is actually very liberating to live without so much STUFF! After all, does anyone really need four sets of dishes, five identical spatulas or 100 pairs of shoes? (ok, maybe yes on the shoes)

  • jackie

    Great tips and I love the step by step! I usually find myself starting the declutter process then I see something else and wonder and wonder, then a larger mess and the project seems overwheming. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, yikes! So…. your declutting tips are going to help tremendously. Im starting this weekend, thank you!

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  • Larita Gibbs

    Thanks for the advise. I love the idea of using different colored containers for different seasons or other idems to store. Best hint I’ve had in years

  • BeStrong

    Went through a big break. Now downsizing from 2 story/3beedroom with den & dining room. I now have a bedroom. PERIOD! I rented storage space, but bedroom doesn’t handle what ‘I Think’ I need. Gonna try your advice & peel back in layers. Thanks for giving me motivation as to how & where to start. 🙂

  • Penelopa

    Very very good tips! We always advise our clients who are downsizing to consider decluttering. Thanks for the post! Greetings, Man With Van Colliers Wood Ltd. our website

  • Valentina

    I am moving in a month and already started the packing process. You can not believe how much stuff I’ve thrown out! It’s a really great feeling to declutter the space around, to get rid of what you don’t need… This article is a must read!

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