Tips on Making the Downsizing Process Less Stressful

pre-move-stepsMoving from a large house to a smaller house can be tricky sometimes. You might tell yourself to just get rid of your extra stuff, but that’s easier said than done. Here are a few tips to help you make downsizing less stressful.

Take Inventory of Your Belongings

You need to ask yourself if you lost everything you owned, what would you want to replace? This will tell you what things are important to you and what things you can do without. It might also help to make three lists: Must haves, things you can live without, and things that can be replaced. The must-have list is obviously going to your new place with you. The things that you can live without you can sell or donate to a charity if space concerns become an issue. The things that can be replaced can be used to sell and buy smaller items to fit in your new home, like a smaller TV or a smaller sofa.

Sell Items You Absolutely Don’t Need

If it’s been stuffed in a closet or still in a box after a year or more, you don’t need it. Organize a yard sale with your neighbors. The more money you make, the more money you will have to purchase the size-appropriate things that are the right fit for your new home. Or save the money and enjoy your new, clutter-free space.

Do Not Duplicate

If you are downsizing because you are moving in with someone else, you need to sit down together and make sure you don’t have any duplicates of anything. This is where your inventory comes in handy. You will need to make decisions about which sofa to keep and which set of dishes to keep, and so on. Even if you are not moving in with someone else, duplicates are not a good idea. In your smaller space you probably don’t need twenty wine glasses for a party. A small set of six would be a better idea.

Make Good Use of Storage Space

Once you move into your new home, make sure you maximize the use of your available storage space. Ottomans that have storage space inside, shelves mounted on the wall, and under-the-bed storage boxes are all great ideas for storage in your smaller home. A good rule for storage in a small space is store up, not out. Make use of shelves in your new home to keep things off of the floor and out of your living space.

Stay Organized

Once you move into your new home, be careful about what you let into your new space. In your new home space is at a premium, a small space can quickly become cluttered. You need to be sure that any new items that you purchase can fit into your storage space and that is it actually something that you need. If you buy a new chair, get rid of the old one. If you buy new clothes, get rid of a similar item in your closet.

Downsizing doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. You may be sad about parting with your things, but think about the new life you’re getting in exchange for getting rid of extra stuff. Whatever your reason is for downsizing, attitude is essential. The more upbeat you are about the process, the smoother it will go.

If you are looking to downsize your home, Sandie will work tirelessly to make finding your new home as easy for you as possible. She can assist you in preparing to sell your home and can help you find the right neighborhood for you with her up-to-date knowledge of the neighborhoods and communities in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area.

If you have any questions, please CONTACT Sandie. She’s here to help!