I need to move into a Tampa apartment – but I will have to downsize my belongings. Any tips?

Moving from a larger living space to a smaller one is rarely an easy task. Still, moving into a Tampa apartment definitely has its perks! If you're coming from your own home or condo, moving into an apartment you will probably appreciate not having to maintain your home and yard.

Moving, in general, forces you to take a good look at your belongings. Sometimes, when you start to pack things up, it becomes easier to get rid of things simply because it will be one less thing that you'll have to pack, move, and unpack in your Tampa apartment.

If you have some time before you move, one thing to try would be to pack up as much of your things as you can right now. If you can go for 3-6 months without something, you very well may not need to keep it. There are, of course, some exceptions, like seasonal clothes or décor, but that panini maker you used once? It can go. So can the ab lounger that you haven't used in years.

On the flip side, if you have to move immediately, you can use this strategy in reverse. Pack up everything that you think that you have to keep. After you move into your Tampa apartment, unpack the items that you need. After, say, 3 or six months, anything that you haven't unpacked can probably be sold, donated, or trashed. (Of course, a quick check in the boxes for seasonal clothes and such other things that would have a reason to not be used yet is probably a good idea.)

If you are a person who has trouble getting rid of things, you may want to ask a friend or family member who does not have a lot of clutter to help you out. They should be able to point out to you that the table you bought five years ago to refinish is probably not necessary.

It's hard to be specific, but here are some guidelines for things that you don't need to bring with you to your apartment in Tampa. Bulky furniture can probably be sold and replaced with smaller furniture. You can get rid of clothes that you have not worn within the past 12 months. If you have a garage, spare bedroom, or utility room, chances are that there are a lot of things in it that you don't need. Items from hobbies and sports that you no longer participate in don't need to move with you to your new Tampa apartment.

As you go through your things, ask yourself why you want to keep it. There are many reasons people hold onto items, and a lot of them are really just not good reasons. Often, there are many underlying psychological issues that may be at play if you are in serious despair over lessening your possessions. While I certainly don't have the space to cover them all, I can say: At the end of the day, remember – it's just stuff.

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