Many people over the last several years have had to downsize their belongings. This is often for reasons such as: a different sized house, long distance relocation, or moving in with loved ones. For any reason, it is difficult to clean out your possessions. The less belongings you have, the easier and quicker the move is, and the less cluttered you’ll feel. Here is our advice for downsizing your possessions:
How much space do you have in the new place? Which items will be needed, and which ones can you live without? Also, will you end up replacing these items? Take an inventory of the items you can live without, and what ones are necessary. If they cannot be replaced, or are sentimental, they should be included in the move. If something is damaged, or there are many of the same items, then maybe consider passing them on. Many of the “I may need this one day” items can be sold or donated.
Some items may need to downsized as well. Will that large couch fit in the new living room? Maybe a queen sized bed is better suited for the new place, than the king sized one you currently have. Going through these items is a great way to take inventory of what you have in your home. This is an important step for you, and the person you are living with, to make the transition to your new home easier.
What To Do With Items You Don’t Need
Most people who are downsizing tend to sell or donate their items. Another alternative is to let those helping you move have first pick at items you may not be taking with you. Having a yard sale or selling larger items online is a great alternative as well. Downsizing can be a great way to make some money for your new place.
Try To Minimize Duplicate Items
This is especially important if you are moving in with a loved one. Combining two households can come up with surprises. Two sets of dishes, glasses, chairs, and other furniture may end up cluttering your living space. This may seen difficult, but in the long run, you’ll be happy with what you have and want.
Once you have gone through your items, there may be things that you may need but don’t know where to put. Luckily, there are options for this. For example, odd shaped closets can be used to store many items. Utilize the space under your bed with flat containers for seasonal items or extra linens. Chests can be used to family items such as games or magazines.
We hope that this blog has helped you with ideas on how to make your move, an easier one.