If you’re currently on the hunt for a home, whether it be your first or your second, you may be looking to purchase a space that’s small, quaint, and perfect in every single way! And while moving into a smaller home has its perks, there is one obstacle that you’ll have to tackle if you’re living in a large house, before the move: downsizing.
Sure, this may sound like an overwhelming task at first, but it’s rather simple and will help set you up for success in your new home! So, sit back, relax, take a deep breath, and let’s dive into some incredible downsizing tips!
What Are Some of the Best Ways to Downsize?
Prioritize Your Belongings
At first glance, do you have a lot of stuff lying around your home? Whether that be a closet that’s filled to the brim with clothes or a table that’s covered in travel mementos, the possibilities are endless. However, if you know that your new, smaller space might not be able to accommodate everything you own, it would be best to start to declutter your current living space before you start packing — but why is that?
For starters, downsizing your current trove of treasures and belongings will help cut back on your packing time. Additionally, doing this will also limit your chances of running out of storage space when you start unpacking in your new home. Knowing this, start with your closet and dressers.
You’ll want to create two separate piles for clothing: garb you will keep and articles you will donate. Once you’ve sorted through your wardrobe, it’s time to move onto your trinkets: save your very sentimental treasures and part with those that don’t hold much personal value.
Measure Your Furniture
Are you torn about which pieces of furniture will reside in your new home and those that will not? If that’s the case, it’s best to measure the dimensions of each. The reason being is this: sometimes, furnishings that you have in your current, more substantial home won’t fit inside of your new, smaller one.
And if that rings true, then you’ll have to part with those larger, bulkier pieces and take the smaller, more compact pieces with you. However, if there is a piece of furniture that you cannot part with (such as a family heirloom), then you can always opt to place it in a highly surveilled storage facility.
Downsize Your Belongings Again
Remember how you downsized your belongings at the start? Well, you’ll want to revisit the items that you’re considering keeping and start the process again — only this time, think about which items are very similar and may serve as extra “clutter” in your new home. For example, there’s a strong chance that you won’t need two toasters in your new home; the extra one, if new, can be donated.
Another object to consider cutting back is on cookware. Sure, it’s nice to have a wide array of pots and pans at your fingertips, but those (as many homeowners know) take up a lot of space. And, typically, many aren’t even used. Therefore, it’s best to prioritize which you get the most use out of and keep those for your new living space. Of course, anything that’s not used too often can be donated (only if they’re in good condition; if not, dispose of them properly).
Consider Professional Storage
At the end of it all, do you still have a decent amount of belongings that are coming with you to your new space? If you’re fearful that they won’t all fit in your new, smaller home, it’s best to consider looking into professional storage. When you opt to keep your items at a professional storage facility, not only will that make your move much smoother, but it will give you peace of mind, knowing that they’ll be safe and secure at all times.
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