A relocation is about many things to be planned and foreseen. One of the specific types of moves that you may need more help with is the move to a smaller home. Downsizing has its reasons – perhaps you cannot keep up with the bills of a larger home, you may want to save money, a member of your family is moving out and you don’t need a home this size, you might have accumulated lots of stuff in time, etc. Either way, moving to a smaller house or apartment is a challenge in its own way on which we are willing to help you.
After that decide on what to do with the rest of the stuff in your home. If you have things that you haven’t used for more than a couple of years chances are you won’t do it ever at all. You should ask yourself for every time in your home which you are wondering whether to pack – do you really need it? With time you may have been keeping things you were thinking of using “just in case” and often this “case” never occurs. But the stuff keeps taking up space in your home. That is why think of some options for donation of those things or who you could give them around to neighbors, friends, etc. Of course, a possibility is the moving sale in your back yard or in your garage. Sell those items you want to get rid of and make some money for your move! You have also websites like Craigslist, eBay, etc. which you could use for that purpose.
When downsizing, pack to move selectively. To begin with, you will most probably not have room in your new home for everything you have now.
Items that are of high emotional value to you or that are expensive and you wish to keep, will need to find its new place in your next home. Where will you place them? When moving to a smaller property you may not have space for everything that there is in your current home. That is why you could use storage for your excessive stuff. It is a great option, just remember to prepare your belongings for it and after you’ve packed them, to place them in a separate area/ room in your home for relocation to storage. Storage is good also for things that won’t fit in your new place. Once you’ve prepared your floor plan, there will be furniture for which you won’t have room so you will have to deal with it somehow as well. Storage could be your last resort because it costs money and eventually you will have to figure out what to do with the items you’ve put there. You could use them some time later or keep them in storage until you manage to sell them. But if this is the case, perhaps you could ask friends, neighbors or relatives to keep these items for you until you find a buyer for them.
Next, when thinking of downsizing, the best help and advice you could get to guide you through the move is from movers. Professionals know best how to move you to your new, smaller home efficiently. One company could handle at the same time your move and your storage. If movers handle the organization of your move, they will quickly pack your items and take special care of your fragile items, antiques and other delicate household goods. Even when downsizing your home, it is still worth pondering over the matter of getting professional assistance as it has many advantages.
As a last tip, remember to look for the positive aspects of your move – the new job, friends, colleagues, etc. that are all awaiting for you to enjoy! Moving to a smaller place may sound like a stressful task to complete also because you have a bigger limit of what you can take. But anyway, do your best to find the good things about the change you are going through and the transition will surely be less stressful for you.