My fiancée and I have been moving things to the new house all week. It’s right around the corner from our current place so every night after work we fill our VW Golf up with bags and boxes and cart a load over to the new place. (Currently loving the completely collapsible back seat AND hatchback features of my car right now.)
We’ve mostly been moving stuff from our actual apartment (tupperware, clothing, bathroom stuff, electronics) but last night my fiancée included some items from what we’ve had in basement storage. Guess what?
We’ve got a lot of crap.
Last night was blankets and whatnot, we have at least two, if not three, sets of everything. Now, I understand having two separate sets of sheets, but there’s no reason for us to have three comforters, three summer quilts, and 18 pillows.
Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, we could just toss all of it into a linen closet and forget about it. Except we don’t have a linen closet in our new place.
Ity Bity Living Space
I did the math and there’s a total of 400 square feet of living space in our new house. That’s not much! While there’s more storage than our last place, there simply isn’t as much space, which means eliminating everything that we don’t need. Luckily there is a pretty large storage space in the backyard so we don’t have to get rid of everything, we just have to get it out of the house. Here are some of the things we’re going to have to eliminate at our new place:
Our Desk Top Computer
As a student, I bought a Mac laptop, it’s about three years old but still works perfectly, it’s just not as lightning fast as it used to be. My fiancée also has a six year old desktop computer that’s a remnant from his scholarly days. I’m not going to make it any secret that I’m not fond of that big, loud, monster of a computer. Only my fiancee can get it to work, and he’s resurrected it from the dead more times than I can count. That said, there just isn’t room for it at our new place. We’ll be combining our work space with the dining area, so the laptop has been promoted to the position of #1 computer.
As I mentioned, we’ve somehow accumulated enough linens, comforters, and blankets to outfit a four bedroom house. I don’t really want to get rid of these, so I envision them packed neatly into plastic totes and stored in the garage, ready to make a reappearance in a few years when we move to a bigger space. We only need one of everything in the house (maybe two sets of sheets) everything else will go into storage.
Rarely Used Cookery
I’ve also accumulated a large number of cooking and baking appliances. I love to cook, and I moderately enjoy baking, but I seem to have a few go to appliances that I favour, and the rest of them just sit, neglected, in the back of the cupboard, or worse, in storage. In the interest of space, most of these appliances aren’t even going to make it into the house.
My fiancee and I divided up the two closets in the bedroom. We each get one, but they need to be able to store more than clothes. Because it’s a small space, there’s no entryway closet to store coats, shoes, winter hats/gloves/scarves. There’s only enough space around the door to store whatever is in use at that immediate moment, the rest will have to be stored. So where is that all going? In our respective closets. I’ve already done some figuring and realized that my closet is going to have to store the following:
- All of my clothing (there’s no room for a dresser)
- All of my coats, boots, sandals, sneakers
- Hats, scaves, gloves, mittens
- Running gear, yoga mat and workout gear.
- All personal effects including my “important documents” folder and keepsakes box
Did I mention this closet is not a walk in or a double? I think I’ll probably need to eliminate at least around 30% of my wardrobe.
How to Eliminate Stuff
I’m ruthless when it comes to my war on clutter. I have a few basic rules when it comes to deciding what to keep:
- If I haven’t used it in a year, it goes.
- If I’m saving it, but likely I won’t use it for another year, it goes.
- If I have duplicates, keep the best one, the other one goes.
- If it doesn’t fit or doesn’t do exactly what I want it to, it goes.
By “it goes” I mean it goes to either a) a yard sale b) charity or c) the garbage.
All in all I think it’s going to be a bit of a challenge in minimalism to make our new space completely functional and yet still uncluttered and simple. It’ll challenge my organizational skills, to be sure, but I’m up for it.
I think I’m going to set a goal to have the place completely unpacked and organized (aka: house warming party ready) by the end of June. That’s three weeks to get it situated before we start with home improvement to make it truly ours.
Do you live in a small space (or small for your family)? Do you have any tips for being super efficient with space? I want to know!