Downsizing Tips to Go Tiny


Downsizing Tips to Go Tiny The Tiny House Movement is not a fad or trend. It is a downsizing solution to upsize your life. A solution for those who want to: Downsize their commitments (and their stuff) Take care of older family…

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Downsizing Tips to Go Tiny

Downsizing Tips to Go Tiny

The Tiny House Movement is not a fad or trend. It is a downsizing solution to upsize your life. A solution for those who want to:

  • Downsize their commitments (and their stuff)
  • Take care of older family members
  • Age in place
  • Create a space to work from home
  • Add a second unit to rent for additional income
  • Tackle tough social issues like homelessness, the lack of affordable housing, and building a sustainable future


To get started, you need to start downsizing. But what does “downsizing” really mean?

Downsizing is the process of eliminating excess from your life to become less burdened, more authentic, and freer. This physical, mental, and emotional process sheds unnecessary “weight” from your life so you can live a more deliberate life.

Excess can take the form of bills, credit cards, towels, clothes, books, responsibilities, and outdated ideas of what life should be.

How To Get Started?

The first step is to get honest with yourself and define the life you want to live.

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Gather your favorite pen and notebook to brainstorm. Here is a simple method to get the most from a brainstorming session. You will need a pen, paper, index cards, and a timer.

  1. Ask yourself what kind of life you want to lead. Spend 11 minutes writing every idea that comes to your mind – no matter how far-fetched. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, lines, or being neat. As long as you can read it, you’re good.
  2. Write each idea on an index card (one thought per index card).
  3. Give yourself 7 minutes to organize your index cards into piles that make sense to you
  4. Give yourself 11 minutes to put each stack in an order that makes sense for you

Look at the story your brainstorming tells.

This is your vision, the components for your vision board, your goal, and a reflection of your inner longing.

Create the Right Mindset

Thought always proceeds action.

Obtaining and maintaining mental clarity on what needs to be done and when is key to creating the life you brainstormed.

First, get out of the “accumulation” mindset. If accumulating more stuff had made you happy, you would not be interested in downsizing.

Canceling the “accumulation mindset” includes limiting unnecessary upgrades. Do you really need the newest iPhone, Xbox, or this year’s newest “must haves” when your current one still works? Just because a well-planned marketing campaign says it is the “in-crowd’s” newest fav, doesn’t mean you should give in.

Put yourself and your vision first!

Then set reasonable expectations for yourself.

  • Determine benchmarks to meet on your path to achieving your larger goals.
  • Don’t forget to build in extra time for the unexpected, the unforeseeable, and the cosmic sidewinders that come out of nowhere.

Taking Action

With your mindset in place, let the physical downsizing begin.

To begin, repeat the brainstorming process above but ask:

  • What must you have to live?
  • What can you live without?
  • What can you easily replace?
  • What cannot be replaced (photos, documents, passports, etc.)

Then begin letting go of what you can live without.

This is where the rubber hits the road. Take continual action but allow for revision, repeats, curveballs, and obstacles with purpose along the way.

  • Sell it and use the proceeds to pay down existing debt or to increase your savings.
  • Donate it
  • Recycle it
  • Trash it – if it will fit in your weekly trash can
  • Junk it! – If it won’t fit in your weekly trash can, call Viking Property Services to pick it up. If we can’t re-home it, re-purpose it or find a charity that can use it, we will dispose of it responsibly.

What’s the Best Downsizing Strategy?

Like decluttering, how you approach downsizing is very personal. There is NO wrong way to downsize. However, there are only a few methods that may work for you.

Below are some strategies others have used to downsize their lives. Remember, there are no time limits – so don’t rush it. Go at a reasonable pace for you but do something every day to move towards your goals.

  • Start with one room then proceed to the next
  • Use the KonMari Method
  • Use the 6-month rule – if you have not seen it, used it, or needed it in the last six months, get rid of it
  • Use the “Joy” rule – if it does not inspire joy, get rid of it.
  • Move into successively smaller homes, cutting down each time

Make wise use of your limited time and energy. If you know that everything in your backyard shed needs to go, call Viking Property Services to clean it out for you. Just point and it’s gone.

In the end, your strategy needs to be sensible for you. What works for one person, will not work for another. Respect your differences and then take appropriate action.

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Viking Property Services is here to help. We offer a variety of light demolition, junk removal, residential, and commercial services to meet your needs. We offer curbside pick-ups and no-obligation estimates to save you time and stress.

Call us at (209) 872-0323 or stop by and say hello to the team. You can find us working over 40 cities in the Greater Sacramento / Modesto / Sonora / Groveland areas.

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