Things to Never, Ever Throw Out When You’re Downsizing

Smaller living spaces are becoming increasingly popular for good reasons. People are realising that they do not need a big house or a lot of objects to be happy. It can be extremely liberating to let go of unnecessary baggage and live large in a small space. Whether you are downsizing to move into a […]

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By Manjali Khosla | Last Updated: January 13, 2024 | 12 min read

Smaller living spaces are becoming increasingly popular for good reasons. People are realising that they do not need a big house or a lot of objects to be happy. It can be extremely liberating to let go of unnecessary baggage and live large in a small space. Whether you are downsizing to move into a larger home to move into a smaller space or just during a deep clean, you will certainly have to get rid of a lot of things. Throw out that old technology, massive clothing collections, and trendy gadgets that try to replace every form of actual human labour. But not everything must or should go. Some things are worth preserving for the sake of convenience and nostalgia. Here are some categories to go through. When you’re downsizing, remember to never throw out those valuable items, follow the tips in “Never Throw Out while Downsizing” to make the process smoother.  

1. Important Papers 

There will inevitably be documents that you must save without a doubt. Wills, warranties, financial papers, tax returns for the previous five years (or seven years for complicated returns), various licenses, and insurance papers are all examples of documents you must keep in a safe place. Keep important documents in fireproof lockable boxes that you can access in an emergency or if you are in the middle of a move, you can place those boxes in a rented self storage unit. 

You can even find ways to digitalize them and have documents stored and backed up drives and clouds.

2. Sentimental Items  

The things you enjoy are a big part of what makes life enjoyable. You may love looking at certain photos or feel nostalgic towards an item of decor, for example. The trick is to avoid turning treasured possessions into sentimental clutter.  

  1. Photos 

Scrolling through your phone’s camera roll is different from holding a treasured memory in your hands. Even if you have digital copies, keep those printed photographs (especially of family members, pets, or favourite vacations) to look through later. Keep the photos safe by organising them in albums, photo boxes, or frames. Once you have placed all your photos in a folder or boxes you can label them and keep them in a self storage unit. Self storage India provides its customers with 24-hour access and top-notch security for their belongings. 

  1. Family Heirlooms 

Yes, you are downsizing your life, but do not feel bad about keeping your grandma’s old chest of drawers or dainty jewellery. Sometimes sentimentality triumphs over practicality. Even if you never use a few keepsakes, it is important to keep them for the memories they hold.  

  • Make a list of your belongings. 

Begin by compiling a list of everything you intend to sell. Include any jewellery, clothing, books, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and so on that you own. If you are not sure how much something is worth, ask someone who is. You may even discover that you already own one of the items. 

Why not rent out a self storage unit to take care of all these keepsakes? Self storage India offers 24/7 access to its customers and top of the line security of your belongings 

3. Rare and Antique Pieces 

Downsizing beautiful works of art that have high monetary and emotional value is difficult. Keep the pieces that speak to you the most and find creative ways to display them in your new space. When you have exhausted your wall space, give your remaining artwork to friends and family who will cherish it in a whole new way. You will also be able to enjoy it when you visit them. It is difficult to store rare and antique items without filling your living space with clutter. That does not mean you should get rid of them; they may be of some value later or that can be repurposed. 

  • Determine Their Worth 

When you have finished your list, consider the following factors when estimating the value of each item: 

  • Rarity – Is it rarer than most comparable items? What distinguishes it? What is its age? Is it owned by anyone else you know? These questions assist in determining whether it is truly valuable. 
  • Condition – Does it need some TLC (Tender Loving Care)? Is there any damage? Is it incomplete? Is it still in good condition? 

 If you and your family cherish these types of precious goods, you can keep them form harm’s way in a self storage unit. The items will be kept in a safe place to which only you will have the key. You no longer need to stress about throwing them away or watch them collect dust in your home! 

4. Plants 

The lush flowers and foliage of indoor plants add more beauty and comfort to our homes and offices than anything else. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, workstations. There is not a room that a houseplant cannot liven up. Simply add light and water to create a growing indoor oasis. Bringing plants into your home is not only aesthetically pleasing, but can also provide significant health benefits such as: 

  • Boosting your mood 
  • Fatigue reduction 
  • Stress and anxiety reduction 
  • Improving Office Performance and Concentration 
  • Increasing pain tolerance and healing 
  • Reducing the frequency of headaches by improving air quality 
  • Relieving dry skin and respiratory problems caused by dry air 

If you are running out of space in your home to house plants, you can either give them to your neighbours or even donate them to shelter and places to take care of them. 

Downsizing and throwing away clutter can be difficult but having a set of rules to follow makes deciding what stays and what goes a little easier. We hope that this article will help in making sure that you do not throw away items you value the most but place them in a self storage unit! 

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