Downsizing Before you Move Into A Seattle Apartment

Downsize before your Seattle apartment move

Modern Americans have so much stuff these days that there are entire stores dedicated to selling storage bins, and there’s an entire industry that makes its money storing extra items in climate-controlled units. There are even companies that park giant bins outside your house, so you can fill them with your extra stuff for the company to haul away and store at another address.

If your apartment feels a little crowded these days, or you’re thinking about moving to a smaller Seattle apartment, you might want to think about downsizing your life. Here are a few ways to do that.

Consider Letting These Items Go

One of the places in the average home where things tend to pile up in outrageous amounts is the closet. We keep clothes that have some sentimental value, and we stuff items we never wear into boxes at the tops of our closets and in areas where clothes shouldn’t even be (like the linen closet).

According to AARP, the closet is one of the best places to “purge” the items you won’t need in a smaller residence:

“If your wardrobe has outgrown your closet and dresser, start by purging enough pieces so that everything will fit. Get rid of unwanted clothing at yard sales or online, or by donating items to charity.”

Even if you’re not 65 plus and moving into a small apartment due to having an empty nest, there’s a good chance you have a wardrobe full of clothes that you don’t need anymore. Clothes don’t normally sell for a lot of money unless they’re a rare vintage piece or they still have their tags.

Even then, it’s usually tough to sell clothing without putting a lot of effort into the process. If you have a ton of time to downsize and don’t mind listing items on a website like Craigslist or eBay, you can certainly list your extra clothing. However, a trip to the donation bin will probably be the most desirable option for getting rid of old clothing you haven’t worn in a decade.

Play a Mind Game as You Start to Downsize

Life Hacker offers an interesting way to figure out what you need to keep, and what you need to jettison before moving into your small apartment.

“Before you do anything—before you even move and know how much space you have to move into, the first thing to do is take a close inventory of your belongings. Ask yourself, If everything you owned was lost in a fire, what would you replace? Take stock of the things that are actually important to you, and the things that you could live without, or could actually replace or downsize along with your living space.”

Consider: You don’t actually have to move to a smaller residence than your current home to benefit from getting rid of some of your old things. Even the most spacious apartments can become crowded and cluttered, and you might benefit from donating some items and getting things organized in your current space.

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