Beginners Guide to Downsizing Any Size Household

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

Kitchen

Spatulas: 2

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

Closet

Purses: 6

Shoes: no more than 20!

Beauty

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

Miscellaneous

Pens:15

For more help with downsizing and decluttering check out my post Declutter Guide:25 Things to Get Rid of Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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