Downsizing is usually an emotional experience for homeowners, as it can mean leaving behind or letting go of some sentimental belongings. But before you decide what to keep and let go, knowing exactly what can come with you adds strategy and relief to the process.
Keep these Downsizing Tips in Mind before Moving to Your New Home
Think of the Size of Your New Home
This factor will dictate a huge chunk of your planning process. The size of your new home directly tells you what you can bring and what you can’t.
If you have a few of those huge classic hardwood furniture pieces, for example, they won’t probably fit into your downsizing efforts. You may need to let go of one or two, depending on what your new home can accommodate.
The trick is to measure the size of each room in your new home to determine what can come with you.
Tackle Smaller Stuff
Downsizing certainly doesn’t just apply to large items. Once you have those figured out, it’s time to downsize the clutter of smaller items. Sort them according to what you actually use and need. A curling iron or blender that you haven’t used in years are just taking up space.
If the items are still in good condition, simply drop them off at your local thrift store. Duplicate items also shouldn’t be included in your downsizing efforts. And try not to be swayed by emotions into keeping things you know you won’t use or tuck in storage.
Condense or Digitize Your Memorable Items
If possible, you can digitize some of your belongings, like photo albums or buying digital movies (instead of DVDs). Photos can be scanned and uploaded into cloud storage, or they can be printed in a photobook or scrapbooked. Sentimental clothes can also be vacuum packed and sealed to cut down on space.
Try Visualizing Everything
After determining what items you’re going to bring, try visualizing them in your new home.
Begin with furniture and appliances because they’d surely consume more space and may even help organize smaller items. Think about which item would go into what room while considering their size and measurements. Then, imagine your smaller belongings. If you’d end up thinking about having too much stuff in the attic, basement or storage room, it’s time to research more downsizing tips to achieve your goals!
Once you’ve finally visualized a clean and clutter-free new home, that’s when you’ve made it possible to accomplish your goal.