What to ditch when downsizing

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Downsizing your home is a way to get a new start, so taking your old clutter with you sort of defeats the purpose. Here are seven items you should consider ditching when you downsize.

Clothes and accessories

Start with the rule that if you didn’t wear something in the last 12 months, then it’s time for it to go. The chances are if it didn’t suit or fit in the last 12 months, it’s not likely to in the next six. You can either donate to the local op shop, or have a garage sale and make a few dollars.

Anything lurking in the garage or shed

When you have the space, it’s OK to hold on to things that you may or may not use again. But if space is likely to be a valuable commodity, then if something is broken, let it go. And just because you won’t have space in you’re new home, don’t even think about a storage unit: it may seem inexpensive on a monthly basis, but if you’re a hoarder, the costs will soon add up.

Kitchen gadgets

Chances are that if you don’t have enough room in your kitchen to have appliances on your benchtop ready to use, you won’t use them. Think about how often you make your own bread or juice your own fruit and vegetables. If the answer is never, then it’s time for those gadgets to go. While you’re at it, why not clean out the cutlery drawer and crockery cupboard?


As well as downsizing your home, why not look at running a smaller car? Even when you factor in the costs of replacing your current vehicle, one that is smaller and more fuel efficient will save you in the long term. And if you shop around, some dealers are even offering you free servicing for three to five years – a huge saving to be made. Or maybe you can get rid of your car altogether? If you’re new home is close to amenities and public transport, then you may no longer have a need for it.

Childhood clutter

As lovely as it is that you’ve kept all the children’s medals, trophies, art work and favourite toys, the reality is that if they don’t want them, you don’t really have a need to hold on to them. Keep one or two items that have real significance and then let the rest go.


A smaller home means less room to fit your furniture. Get rid of one item per room and see how it feels. If you like having the extra space, try another few items. Don’t go daft though – you will need some things for your new home.


While many of us baulk at the idea of getting rid of photos, you should ask yourself how often you drag out the albums to look at your memories. Set yourself a project of digitising all your photos, creating online albums that you can easily share and access.

Are you planning to downsize? If so, of what will you let go?

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Written by Debbie McTaggart


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