How to Downsize Your Home
Downsizing can be a daunting task when you are unsure where to start or how to do it. In this blog post we will give you step by step instructions on how to begin the process.
1. Get Organized
The first thing you should do when considering downsizing is get your current home organized. Go through all of your things and decide what a necessity is and what you haven’t worn or used in years. This is a crucial step. You can’t go into a smaller home with all of the stuff that filled up your larger home. A good rule of thumb is “does it bring you joy.” Ask this question to yourself when you are trying to decide whether to keep something or get rid of it. If the answer is “no,” then it is time to let it go. This process is difficult so try to have an unbiased person present to help you decide what to get rid of.
2. Evaluate your new location
After you have gone through all of your belongings and hopefully have gotten rid of quite a bit, then you need to assess your new location. You need to see how much storage space you are going to have, and how much space in general you will have. Most likely you will have to get rid or sell some of your larger pieces of furniture that just won’t fit. By assessing your new location you will be able to see what furniture will fit and what won’t. Measure all your furniture and write it down so that when you do assess your new location, you will be able to figure out the exact pieces of furniture that will fit.
3. Have a garage sale/list your stuff
If you plan on listing your extra stuff online like Facebook Marketplace or a selling app then do that as you go. You want to list your items as soon as possible so that by the time you move you will have most of them sold. Also having a garage sale can help get rid of all that old stuff and give you comfort that your stuff will be useful at a new home. Keep in mind that not all of your stuff will sell. You will have to donate the items that don’t sell, but find a great organization to donate to and you can feel comfort in that your stuff will be helping someone in need. If you do not want to go through the selling process and just want to donate all of it that is great too. Just make sure you aren’t just putting your old stuff in storage. Get rid of it.
4. Box up everything and label it
You should have everything in your home boxed up, labeled, and ready to go. The only items that don’t need to be put into a box are your large furniture that you plan on keeping. Anyone who is helping you move will thank you later if you have everything neatly organized into boxes. It makes it difficult when you have things scattered all over, or miscellaneous items overflowing baskets just to get it moved. The people helping you move will get frustrated if they have to pack things up as they move it. Also don’t forget that label part that I mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph. If you label each box by room or items then you can move things together and keep it all nice and neat. The worst thing is when the people moving your stuff put your boxes upstairs when they should be downstairs or vice versa. Or if they just pile it all up in your living room because they are unsure of where everything goes. Having it labeled will also help you in the long run when you have to unpack.
5. Hire a moving crew for your furniture
You will not regret hiring a crew to do the heavy lifting. While you and your family and friends move the smaller boxes, a professional crew can move your heavy furniture. They will wrap it up nicely so that it doesn’t get scratched or dented and they will put it exactly where you want it in your new location. You can’t ask for more than that. You really don’t want to have to worry about moving all of your big items or making your family and friends move heavy items along with the rest of your stuff. This will take a lot of stress away from the moving process.
6. Unpack and organize again
Now is the time you were dreading. But it is not as bad as you would think. In fact is gives you an opportunity to organize your belongings in the exact places you want them to be. You are starting fresh, and that can be a good feeling. A tip you can use for this step is to go room by room. Don’t jump around unpacking because you will get overwhelmed. Start with the most important stuff first, your bathrooms and your kitchen. Set up a room at a time and it will make you feel accomplished once you finish each room.
7. Enjoy your new place
Congratulations! After you are done unpacking it is time to relax. Take it all in. Enjoy your new home. You have done well and you should be rewarded with free time. Cook a recipe in your new kitchen, eat in your new dining room, and watch a movie in your new living space. All the while knowing you have downsized will provide you a sense of relief as you enjoy your new place.
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