Even after you thought you were being absolutely ruthless about letting things go, your home still feels overcrowded. You got rid of some things that were stained, some things that were torn, and some things that you’ve never used, but you still feel like there’s not enough space for anything. This is probably the most common problem I hear from my clients. Typically, they’ll expect that I will come in, position things differently in doing so extra square footage will just appear. Sometimes, this totally works but most times, a little more effort is required. The problem may not be that there isn’t enough space, it may simply be that there’s too much stuff! Below is a complete numbers guide that I’ve put together to help with downsizing your home whether it’s just you and your furbaby or your family of 8. Of course, you may have to consider your personal habits and routines and make a few adjustments based on what makes most sense to you. However, I do encourage you to try and push yourself to establish new ones! This list should help give you a general feel for what is typically necessary and what it isn’t. Good luck!
Bed & Bath
Towels: 2-3 per person, 2 per guest, 1 junk (cut up the rest to use as rags or donate)
Linens: 2 sets per bed
Every single other food prep utensil (ie. openers, scooper, whisk, colander ect.): 1 of each
Forks and Spoons: 2 per person
Bowls and Plates: 3 per person
Water bottles: 1-2 per person
Travel mugs: 1-2 per person
Drinking glasses and mugs: 2-3 per person
Magnets on Fridge: 7
Shoes: no more than 20!
Hair Styling tools: 1-2 brushes (if they’re different from each other), 1 Straightener, 1 Curler
Mascara/Foundation/Concealer/Blush: 1 for winter, 1 for summer *toss out any mascara older than 3 months
Nail polish: no more than 15
For more help with downsizing and decluttering check out my post Declutter Guide:25 Things to Get Rid of Today