Pros of Downsizing
● We were able to sell many of our things, making money to help us with our move.
● We got rid of 90% of our things, most of which we didn’t actually need in our cabin.
Here are 5 ways to successfully downsize to a cabin:
1. Plan Ahead.
2. Get rid of items you don’t use regularly.Getting rid of items is key to downsizing - but this can also be the most nerve-wracking part. Start the process by getting rid of items that you don’t use regularly.
Here’s a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if you should throw an item out:
● Do I use this every month? If not, consider getting rid of it.
● Have I used this regularly in the last year? If not, definitely get rid of it!
● For clothing: have I worn this in the last year? If not, also get rid of it.
We did this when we moved to our cabin and threw out more things than I ever thought was possible. We got rid of bags of clothes, entire drawers full of odds and ends, and furniture that was collecting dust.
It was scary at first, but the funny thing is: we haven’t even missed those items! I barely remember most of the items we ended up getting rid of.
3. Find new uses for items.
If you can find multiple uses for one item - decor, furniture, clothing, etc. - then you’ll save space and downsize more efficiently.
One of the ways that we implemented this in our cabin was in the kitchen. We found that we didn’t need as many plates, bowls, knives, and kitchen gadgets as we owned. Instead, we gave away most of our kitchen supplies and try to use what we have in multiple ways.
4. Make the most of storage.
Before moving into your cabin, plan how you’ll use your storage. If possible, plan down to the exact shelf or cabinet and what you’ll store there.
By planning out and using all of your storage, you’ll be more likely to create a space that works for you. And a well-organized cabin is less likely to get cluttered over time!
5. Sell what you don’t keep.Lastly, sell what you don’t keep as you downsize. Sell it online, to friends/family or consignment stores. Selling your items will add one more step before your move, but it’s worth it! And you’ll feel better about the whole downsizing process once you end up with extra money at the end.
Megan lives with her husband and son in an 800-square-foot log cabin in Jackson Hole, WY. In search of a simpler pace of life, Megan and her husband took a leap of faith to pursue their own cabin dreams: they quit their jobs, sold what they own, and moved across the country from downtown Austin, TX to their mountainside cabin in Jackson Hole, WY.
Megan runs her blog The Cabin Diary (www.thecabindiary.com), and can be found sharing day-to-day cabin life through social media (@thecabindiary).