Summer is winding down, the trees are about to start changing colors, and for many this is a time where they begin to toss items they no longer need and work on downsizing their home.
Downsizing can seem like a daunting task when moving as you decide on how to get rid of belongings while transitioning into a smaller living space. This is incredibly popular for people who are starting a life in retirement, or who want to get away to a home with less size and responsibility. The biggest hurdles of downsizing come with deciding on what you need moving forward and what you can get rid of, something that is not an easy task.
Developing an effective plan on how you want to downsize can take the stress out of this type of move, and we’ve come up with some helpful tips to make this process easier. Follow along!
Start your planning early
In order to decide what will stay and what will go when downsizing, you need to do a full assessment of your belongings.
Start by going through all of your things well in advance of your desired move day so you can determine if there’s a logical need for certain items when you move. If you see something and can’t figure out a reason to keep it right away, it’s probably best to part ways with it. Bringing something just to bring it when moving to a new home will just take up space.
Ask yourself how much you’ll use a certain item
Building off the idea from above, it’s important to determine how much use certain belongings will get.
If you see something and your initial thought is “not that often”, it’s time to get rid of it. This mindset will become especially useful when you’re looking at items that you’ve been storing away for years without using – now is the best time to get rid of them. If you have items that you need to get rid of but don’t want to take care of it yourself, we now offer junk removal services at select locations!
A downsizing move and the process that it requires won’t in happen in one day – it takes time. Once you have an ideal move date in mind, work slowly, day-by-day, to chip away at the necessary tasks in order to eliminate as much stress as possible when moving day arrives.
The moving process can be complicated, and that’s why staying flexible and calm throughout the process is important. Plans can change, last-second decisions can come up, and opinions can differ as you work toward completing your move.
If you’re looking for help on completing an upcoming downsizing move, we’re here to help! Whether it’s helping with the entire move or just assisting with packing, delivery, or loading and unloading – our professional moving teams are ready to help. To learn more about all of our moving services, click here.
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