Downsizing? Get Rid Of All That Stuff!

Moving into a smaller space means tackling your excesses and either finding a new home for it or ditching it for good.

Saying sayonara to your unnecessary stuff requires a ruthless attitude, steady effort in the months up to the move and a plan for which items you’ll keep to occupy your new abode.

It’s a good idea to start with the latter. Take photos of every room in your new digs, from as many angles as you can for each, and measure every bit of living space.

Lay out on paper where your existing big pieces of furniture (that take up floor space) will go: bed(s), couch, chairs, area rugs, cabinets, dressers, night tables kitchen/dining table and the like.

Now that you have a vision for your new home, you’ll have an easier time getting rid of the rest of the furniture that just won’t fit.

If you’re moving from a house to a condo, clear out the garage and shed because you won’t need a lawn mower, gardening tools, power tools or snow shovels.

Have a garage sale, contact a second hand shop, auction it or donate it.

For the little stuff: knick-knacks, small appliances, chairs, clothes, shoes and the like, put into the outgoing pile anything that you haven’t used in the last two years. For the sentimental stuff, like keepsakes, photos and kids art work some tough decisions lie ahead.

As soon as you sign the paper work that makes your move official, start thinning out your belongings. Schedule time weekly to go through junk drawers, cupboards, closets and filing cabinets.

Label four bins or heavy-duty garbage bags with ‘To Keep’, ‘To Discard’, ‘To Sell’ and ‘To Give Away’ and sort as you go. When they’re full remove to their respective destinations and start again.

A less cluttered abode makes it easier to clean, move around and treasure the things that really matter to you. And once you’ve moved, make sure you abide by the one-in, one-out rule — when you buy something, you have to get rid of something you already have. It’ll keep you from overcrowding your new small space.

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Curb Appeal Is Key To Getting Buyers To Your Front Door

Freshening up the exterior of your home is critical if you want to get those all-important buyers to your front door. Here are some tips to update your outdoor living spaces that are sure to help you close that sale:

Colour code
Add a bit of drama to your front and rear yards by creating a theme or using a consistent colour scheme. Add splashes of vibrant colour like lime or teal in planters and on throw pillows for the chairs on your front porch. Be sure to update outdoor furniture with wrought iron or trendy wicker. You don’t have to be an entire set, even updating one main piece will do.

Re-arrange it
Literally, re-arrange it. A swapping of plant material and a little top-up of fresh mulch in your garden beds will reinvigorate your front and back yards.

Trim
A good prune and shearing of shrubs and hedges is a must. A good rake helps wipe out even more garden debris.

Year-round blooms
Choose flowering shrubs and perennials that bloom throughout the varying seasons. Yews, false cypress and Alberta spruce can all be potted to give your home an instant formal entrance. A long border of mums in a bright colour scheme is eye-catching. Hanging baskets of Boston Ivy and miniature hostas can change the look of any deck or patio.

Clean up walkways
Even stone walkways and driveways need a good cleaning. The easiest tool to use to get the job done is a power washer. After power washing, it is a good idea to remove any grass or weeds growing out of cracks with a hook knife and spade – this will show how well the property has been lovingly maintained.

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