Whether you are moving to a smaller apartment or into a “tiny” home, your living costs will be significantly smaller, but you will also have a smaller living space. The good news is that with preparation and dedication, you can make the transition from a large home to a smaller space. To help you downsize with ease, here are a few tips on how to make the downsizing process much simpler.
Know Your Priorities
The first and one of the most important things to do to make the downsizing process a realization is to make a list of your must-have items. Go room to room and think about what you must have from each room to live comfortably. Start in the kitchen and do a complete inventory of all cooking items, eating utensils and accessories you have and consider what you realistically need for survival, for example, how many pots, skillets and plates do you need? Limit these items to one place setting per person.
Keep, Toss and Donate
As soon as you find out that you will be moving to a smaller home, immediately begin the process of getting rid of stuff you do not need. Going room by room, have four boxes: one for items to keep, one for toss items, a box for items to sell and one for items you’ll donate. As you are sorting through items, do not give yourself time to think about the items. For example, if you have two coffee pots and are holding onto the extra “just in case,” put it in the donate box without hesitation. Do not leave the donate boxes in your home, be sure to drop them off as soon as they are full. The longer you look at the box, the more tempting it will be to second guess your decision, and you will end up moving with a lot of clutter that you don’t have room for.
Getting Rid of Stuff
There are several ways you can get rid of stuff you will not be taking with you. If you have items that other family members may want, offer it to them first. Everything that you cannot give away to friends and family, sell it! Selling your items will not only reduce your clutter, but it will give you a chance to make some extra money in the process. Plan to have a garage sale about two weeks before moving day. An important tip to keep in mind is that if you cannot get your asking price, consider taking the best offer; it will get rid of the item and you won’t have to be concerned about dragging a lot of left-over items to the local thrift shop.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that a smaller home will not have the amount of storage that you have in a larger home. For this reason it essential that you plan ahead and think outside of the box. Utilize space for storage that you typically wouldn’t consider using. For example, building bookshelves that extend from floor to ceiling is a great way to use a top shelve for storing casserole dishes that are only used on holidays, store seasonal clothing in plastic containers under the bed or invest in an ottoman that doubles as a storage bin for books and DVDs.
If you’re making the move to downsize, contact us at True Friends Moving for help with your packing and moving.