When we first decided to go to a RV we had to downsize. If you're thinking about doing so as well here are a few tips and a handy list to help you in the process.
Tip #1 -- Do sentimental things last, after everything else. And if you claim it’s sentimental ask yourself “Is it really?” Not everything from the past is sentimental. Choosing an amount of space, like a certain size tote(s) that all sentimental must fit into will be helpful in making choices between what stays and what goes.
Tip #2 -- Start with the low hanging fruit, that is with the easy stuff. Get your container of choice, start some upbeat music, and go around right now, collect any of the following.
You don’t have to trash it, but collect it all to at least go out your door in some way shape or form TODAY. If it doesn’t at least make it to your car or the curb it will linger…
plastic wear/condiments etc that you've collected from free sources that you won't really use soon
broken things that are basically trash
half started projects that aren’t worth donating, and ones that are
expired things in your pantry
expired things in your frig
stuff so old in your freezer you would never eat it
food in your pantry, frig and freezer that aren’t on your current diet
broken kitchen appliances
kitchen appliances you know you'll never actually use again
big kitchen items like soup pots, cake stands, mixing bowls that you know you won't use again
your collection of plastic bags from the grocery store (pair it down to a reasonable level)
same as above with the reusable ones
old phones that you aren’t going to fix
broken old pcs and other electronics you are never going to fix
torn or stained clothes that realistically you know you are not going to salvage
any clothes you hate wearing
any clothes that don't reasonably fit you (or within a size or two) -- if you lose weight you'll want
if you'll be left with a reasonable amount all the torn, stained, uncomfortable or non-matching socks, and underwear
any socks with no matches
torn or stained sheets that you’d never want to use again
torn or stained towels that you wouldn’t use again, considering how many others you have
expired prescription medications and over the counter medications
toiletries that are so old you won't risk using them
toiletries you just didn't like and won't use again
VHS tapes if you no longer have the player
cassette tapes if you no longer have a player
CDs if you don’t have a player
books you know you’ll never read again
dried out pens, markers, highlighters
paper records that are older than 7 years old that you can’t foresee legally needing
baby items (if you’re no longer having anymore kids)
kids clothes that they’ve grown out of, if you’re not planning more kids
extra hangers, especially the kind you don’t like
anything that you absolutely hate and can afford to replace or do without
Tip #3 -- After this 1st purge. Wait a few days and see how it feels. Now you can go through and do another sweep, now just focusing on things you are ready to let go of. Rinse and repeat a few times.
By going in rounds you’ll find it a gentler way of getting down to right amount of things and you should know when you get there.
Here's some de-cluttering inspiration if you needed a break.