February 26, 2018 | Bob Myers

Whether you wish to reduce your impact on the environment or just want to live a simpler life, downsizing may be the next big step to reaching your tiny home plans. If you're  ready to take the leap to downsize and declutter, here are a few tips to  help get you started.

1. Understand WANTS vs NEEDS
The  line between wants and needs is often blurry, and separating them can  be tough. Instead of playing the guessing game and tricking yourself  into believing something is a "need" versus a "want," fill out a checklist prior to sorting through items to help set the record straight.

2. Re-Gift, Donate or Sell
Busting down the clutter is almost always the first recommendation from tiny home experts. Why not have a yard sale to clear out the things you no longer use while earning some quick  cash? Do you have a fancy set of dishware you've never used or only  bring out on special occasions? Re-gift or donate items that you're not  using day-to-day.

3. Eliminate Multiples
Beyond getting rid of an item you have EXACT duplicates of, ask yourself, "Do I have anything else that does this better?"  This is where you choose between one can opener that's just a can  opener or the other with a bottle opener attached. Pick the items that  add more value to your life.

4. Maximize Your Space
Test an area of your current home that most resembles the tiny house plan you want to move into. Play around with adding hidden drawers and  compartments for extra storage. If what you have doesn't fit in the  assigned space, it may be time to toss it aside.
Before you start selling off your belongings and dive  into the tiny-living lifestyle, be sure to do your research. From minimalist newlyweds to downsizing empty nesters – the right tiny home  starts with discovering what's right for you .

Please consider The Myers Team your resource for all things real estate.  We have over 30 years of real estate experience, specializing in the  Montgomery County area.  If you are refinancing, want a recommendation,  need a service provider or just have a home related question,  please give me a call at 301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.
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