After a surprisingly mild winter followed by some late-season snow, it seems like spring has finally come to the Belton, MO area. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and that means many of us are looking at a lengthy list of spring cleaning chores that we’ve been putting off until the weather got a bit nicer. All those tasks can be a little intimidating, so we may also be thinking about what we can do to make the job easier next year. One way to get the most out of your living space while also cutting down on your list of chores in the future is to declutter and downsize your stuff!
There are all sorts of reasons to downsize your lifestyle and reduce clutter around the house! Some people do it because they’re in the middle of a life change—whether it’s a new job, a divorce, or a move—and they want to reduce the baggage they take with them to their new home or new life. Now that the kids have grown up, others may be selling the family home and moving into a smaller place with less space to store everything. Some are just looking for a way to better organize their belongings, free up more usable space, and make their lives easier to manage.
Whatever your reason for downsizing your stuff, it can definitely free up a good bit of living space, regardless of the size of your home. But where do you start? Closets are a great place to begin! Because they’re out of the way, closets tend to be where a lot of the things that you don’t use on a day-to-day basis wind up, including old clothes that you never wear anymore, bags and luggage, board games, sports equipment, boxes of memorabilia, and even old gadgets that no longer work.
From there, you can head into the kitchen. Most of us have a variety of kitchen gadgets that serve highly specialized purposes: banana slicers, electric pepper grinders, quesadilla makers, egg separators, pasta measuring tools, melon ballers, and so on. Make a big pile of your less-used kitchen items, and ask yourself if you really need to keep them on hand.
Another good place to reduce clutter and downsize your belongings is the entertainment center and any bookshelves. Most of us have dozens and dozens of books, DVDs, and so on. Some of them may be cherished favorites that we return to time and again, but if we’re honest, many of them are books that we read once, or movies that we’ll probably never watch again. Donate those to the library (especially if you’re moving—a box of books gets heavy fast!)
Any decorative knickknacks that just take up space and no longer bring you joy are easy to define as clutter, too. While many collectibles hold special significance for us, others are things that we’re just holding on to out of habit. Those we can usually let go.
If you’re ready to do more than just downsize your stuff, you can also simplify your lifestyle without giving up any of the comforts and amenities of home by making a move to the Lazy Acres adult living community in Belton, where you’ll find comfortable homes, like-minded neighbors, and a beautiful community. Give us a call at (816) 331-4886 to learn more or fill out our online contact form anytime!