When we think of downsizing, we automatically resort to our housing situation, however think about areas in your home you can downsize. You will thank yourself later when you actually do downsize your house, in the next season of life!
Are there areas in your home that are too full of stuff for the space?
You may be justifying keeping the things in your home that need to go if you tell yourself the following…
- “But it cost a lot”
- “It doesn’t fit now, but it might someday”
- “Maybe my grandkids will want it”
- “But I bought this on that trip to Europe”
It doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything, but truly look at each item and determine if you will love having it in 1,5 or 20 years.
Let’s take a look at the closet for example. You would like to add new items to your wardrobe but do not have the room in your immediate closet space. Most of us have clothes we haven’t worn for years.
Ask the questions:
What should I keep? What can I sell? What should I get rid of?
First, take out the items you love and make sure you wearing these items on a regular basis.
If you are wearing them, ask a trustworthy friend or partner if it is flattering to you or could use some alterations to improve the fit or it’s not a good piece for your body type! If an item of clothing doesn’t make you feel good, what’s the point of keeping it?
If you’ve been holding on to items that you feel are just too good to get rid of, consider selling or donating them for a tax write-off (we partner with Do Good in Kansas City, a non-profit that donates all proceeds to kids and animals).
Those coveted vintage items can be hard to part with, but again if you aren’t wearing them take a look at the pieces using these great tips from After 50 Living to evaluate their worth:
- Labels. One way to tell if something is truly vintage is to examine labels. Check your own vintage clothing. Do the labels have union tags? That’s an indication they’re Made in the USA, which indicates it’s pre-1980s. You may know the item is that old, but vintage shoppers will want proof.
- Workmanship. Before the 1960s, clothing manufacturers used different techniques and materials. If something is really old, you’ll often find metal zippers instead of plastic, for example. Other hints you can look for are the use of bias hem tape and pinked seams. Side-snap closures are also a good indication that something is truly vintage. Again, savvy vintage shoppers look for all of these things.
- Quality. Natural fibers age much better than synthetic fibers. Vintage clothing made of polyester is easier to find than vintage clothing made of cotton, wool, fur, leather, or silk. If your vintage items are made of natural (plant-based or animal-based), then you have a greater chance of selling them.