Apartment Downsizing: 5 Options When Everything Won’t Fit

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Apartment Downsizing: 5 Options When Everything Won’t Fit

Daphne Mallory · Nov 19, 2010

Downsizing your apartment is a way to earn money, save money and de-clutter your living space. There are a lot of things that you could get rid of when downsizing an apartment. It might be a challenge to decide what to get rid of at first, so here are some suggestions on what you should downsize.

1. Storage

If you have too much stuff and not enough room, you can consolidate some space and use one room for storage. For example, if you use one room for an office and another for a bedroom, combine the two. That way you can use the extra room as a storage location, without having to rent an outside space. This is a way to actually keep more of your stuff while downsizing, especially if you’re a habitual “pack rat” and don’t have a roommate.

2. Selling

Selling things that you don’t need makes downsizing profitable. You can sell them to consignment shops, or put on a yard sale. Some things that might be clutter to you will be valued by others, like:

  • Books
  • Clothing
  • Extra kitchen items
  • Extra furniture or household items

If any of those things are special or considered as collectibles, they can be sold for a higher price.

3. Giving Items Away

Giving things away is another great way to downsize your apartment. Giving to charity is the most common way to give, but you can give to certain stores, too. For example, you can donate to places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill, or you can give via online options like Freecycle or Craigslist. When you’re giving things away to stores, make sure that they’re in good condition, void of stains or rips. They won’t be accepted otherwise.

4. Throwing Away or Recycling

For some people, the easiest thing to do if they don’t want something is to toss it. It might be hard for you to throw stuff away, but if you have things that aren’t good for storage and can’t be given away or sold, you should toss it or have it recycled. Be careful when disposing of hazardous materials.

5. Trading Things for Work

If you know someone with a skill that you need, but don’t have, you can barter with that person. If they help you, then you give them something that you don’t want that they need. For example, if you need an oil change and your neighbor needs microwave, you can work out a swap of the labor versus the kitchen clutter (assuming your neighbor knows how to do an oil change). This is not only a great way to meet your neighbors, but you also can downsize your apartment and get services you need at the same time.

Downsizing can make it easier to live a simple life, and put more cash in your pocket. If you want to downsize you should consider the different ways to do it. That will make it easier for you to decide which way you want to go.

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