We love reading real life examples of people that have downsized. Today we have Nicholas and Shannon from an article featured in the Washington Post. From homeowners to renters: A young couple’s stylish approach to downsizing to a one-bedroom
They downsized and moved from a 2300 square-foot, 3 bedroom, 2 car garage house in Charlotte to an 850 square-foot apartment in a 1928 building in Washington D.C. Nicholas had received a job offer in Washington, starting in two weeks. They took a couple of extra weeks for the move and downsize, but even four weeks in an incredibly rapid downsize.
To get rid of that stuff held weekly yard sales and posted stuff on craigslist. At the end each yard sale they would post a curb alert and give away the left overs for free.
The offer these tips for downsizing:
- Edit, edit, edit. Reevaluate your past choices.
- Have weekly yard sales. Price a new batch of things each week for a weekend sale. Keep prices low to get them moving.
- Don’t expect to make money selling stuff. Time is of the essence. The idea is to get the stuff out of your house.
- Think of this as an opportunity to start fresh.
- Ask for free storage. If there are things you just can’t part with (prom dresses, heirloom chests) but have no room for in your new place ask friends or relatives with large basements and attics whether you might store them there. Under no circumstances should you rent a storage unit. You’ll never get rid of it.
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