6 Simple Steps for Simplifying – A How To Guide to Downsizing

After speaking with a lovely group of residents at a local senior community yesterday, I was reminded just how eager people are to improve and simplify their lives (believe it or not, they really do go hand-in-hand)!

It can be as simple as learning to simplify. On that note, I want to offer a few simple tips to begin the process of downsizing. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It starts with one step…one baby step. That’s all.

Step 1: Make the decision to do it.
Step 2: Decide how you are going to start.
Step 3: Begin. Just start.

Everyone has a different technique, but I’ll tell you that mine is to START BIG! That’s right, you heard correctly. No more of this “start small” stuff we hear so much about. Start Big and let the impact speak for itself. Once you’ve gone through steps 1-3 above, start by getting rid of the largest items you’re willing to part with. Can you enjoy your space without that 3rd couch, perhaps? Or maybe you don’t need that old canoe out in your garage.

Step 4: Get rid of the big stuff!
Step 5: Call in family and friends to help. You never know what they may want to take off your hands if you don’t ask!
Step 6: Finish small. Save the files and the photos for last. They usually take the most time to go through and will greatly slow down your process if you begin there.

There you have it. Six Simple Steps for simplifying your space! Hopefully you find these helpful in your process.

BONUS TIP: Be ruthless! It is okay to give things away. One of my favorite quotes is this one by William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Go. Be free. Downsize!

Comment below with some tips that you found useful!



  1. Susan, I just read your post on downsizing. Thank you for the great reminder of this William Morris quote. This quote will certainly appear in a post on my site one day.

    “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

    1. Glad you enjoy that quote, too! It’s one of my favorites!

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