Use these 4 simple tips for planning a downsize move  

Somehow, some way, the summer season has already passed us by and we’re working our way into the fall season.

This means football, back to school, the weather finally cooling off, and for some people – downsizing their home. If there was ever a time to downsize – whether it’s getting rid of some old belongings, or moving on from your home and transitioning to a new, smaller living space – it’s right before winter hits.

However, downsizing is much easier said than done, and can be a stressful task as it usually involves parting ways with certain items that might be meaningful to you and your family. Deciding what you still need and what you don’t have any use for is not easy, but it’s part of the downsizing process.

The best advice we can give is to build a plan on how you want to downsize and take it step by step to avoid getting overwhelmed. We’ve built out four helpful tips below to help you with the process!

Start early

This is especially important for those who have a downsizing plan that involves moving. You’ll want to get started a few months in advance of moving day so you’re ready when the movers show up at your door. Go day-by-day, room-by-room, and slowly chip away at your downsizing plan so you can manage everything without having too much on your plate.

Toss or donate items you no longer use

When figuring out what you’re going get rid of, one easy question to ask yourself is this: how much will I still use this?

If the first thought you have is “not very often”, then maybe it’s time to part ways. This is a helpful mindset to have during the process of downsizing and will help you feel better about moving on from certain things. You can also evaluate certain items by determining how recent you’ve used it. If it’s been sitting for more than a year, chances are it’s no longer of use to you.

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!

Try to be flexible

Moving is complicated, and so is downsizing. This is why staying flexible – and calm, if possible – is important. Plans can change, people can have different opinions, and you never know how you’re going to feel until you’re in the moment. Do your best to keep your downsizing and moving tasks simple and work patiently toward your goal.

Practice patience

A downsizing move and the process that it requires won’t in happen in a 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.

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 our moving services, click here.

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Complete your stress-free downsizing move with these 4 simple tips

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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!

Practice patience

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.

Be flexible

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

5 helpful tips to get a jump on downsizing your home

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-Written by Erik Sargent

There are many moving scenarios out there, but one we’ve seen more and more is downsizing from a large home to a smaller space.

While you’re still going through the normal hurdles of completing a move, you’re also figuring out what belongings you no longer need as you transition to the next step in your life – a task that is certainly not easy. Whether you’re donating items to a charity, selling them, or just throwing them away, there’s a lot to think about.

TMAT204Having an effective plan on how you want to downsize can ease the stress of completing this kind of move. For those who are retiring and looking for less to take care of or those who are just looking to save a little bit of money, downsizing can be an extremely beneficial option.

Follow these expert TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips for downsizing and get your move started off on the right foot!

Plan ahead.

It sounds obvious, but developing a plan on how you’re going to downsize can often make a huge difference in how smoothly the whole process goes. Go through your home, room by room, and make a list of what is staying and what is going.

This planning process also includes scheduling a move in the time frame that works for you, hiring professional movers, beginning the packing process, and much more.

Does it stay or does it go?

Perhaps the hardest part of the entire downsizing process is making the call on what you’ll keep and what you won’t.

Assess the items you’re not sure about and determine whether there’s a logical need or place for it at your new home. If there isn’t one right off the top of your head, it’s probably best to get rid of it. Moving something you’re unsure about will just take up space at your new home.

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Playing off the tip from above, another good exercise when downsizing is determining the use of a certain object.

If the answer to how much you’ll use something is “not that often”, get rid of it! Especially if it’s something that’s been stored away and hasn’t been used in the last year. Taking something you’ll only use sparingly will just become another waste of space in your new home.

Be patient.

Downsizing isn’t something that can be completed within hour or even a day – it takes time. As part of your downsizing plans, start working well in advance of when you want to move and be sure to tackle a little bit each day.

Be flexible.

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Downsize your home with these handy tips

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Completing a downsizing move isn’t like a standard home move, as you’re not only moving to a smaller space, but also working hard to donate or sell unwanted items in the process.

For those making a transition where a smaller living situation and less belongings makes sense, learning the best ways to effectively downsize can get you well on your way to the next chapter of your life. Whether you’re retired and looking for more simplicity in life or you’re looking to save a little bit of money, downsizing can be a great option.

It’s best to begin a downsizing move by starting small well in advance, and handling tasks individually, that way you ensure every detail is covered and nothing gets overlooked.

An expert list of downsizing tips is a good place to start, and we’re here to help!

Planning

Try to establish a plan on how you’re going to begin the downsizing process. When determining what will get packed and shipped to the next house and what will get thrown away, go room-by-room to ensure nothing is overlooked.

Effective planning also includes preparing a time frame for your move, hiring professional movers, packing, and much more. Call your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise for help, here!

Don’t organize everything all at once

Downsizing and packing can’t be done in just a few hours – it takes time and patience to get the job done right. As previously mentioned, have a plan for each room and tackle them one by one.

Does this fit with your next step?

This is one of the toughest questions when evaluating what items will be moved, but one of the most crucial. If an item doesn’t make logistical sense and won’t be of much use at your next home, it’s best to part with it now.

Taking it along to the next location will only take up space and effort.

Is it broken and can it be fixed?

Some items you own may be on the fence between “useful” and “garbage”, and this is another tough decision that needs to be made when downsizing.

If something can be fixed or repaired before your move, keep it! If there’s no chance of either of those ever happening, send it to the curb.

How often is it being used?

Many of your belongings may seem important at first glance, but in reality, might not be of any use. As you’re going around organizing and determining what gets packed, asked yourself how much you’ve been using each item.

If the answer is “not often”, toss it! This will save you the hassle of dealing with it at a later time, and will also making the moving process much easier. Another good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used the item in a year, don’t take it with you,

Stay flexible!

With any type of move, whether downsizing or not, packing and moving can get complicated. Plans can change, opinions can differ, and last-second decisions are usually required. Stay flexible during this process!

Staying flexible will help you keep a level head during your home move, and will also ease the stress of moving and while keeping everything going at a relaxing pace.

If you’re looking to complete an upcoming downsizing move, or know somebody who is, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is ready to help! Use our franchise locator to find the location nearest you, and let us make your next home move a breeze!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Downsizing made simple with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Herman

Whether you are simplifying your living arrangements or moving to a condo, downsizing is never easy. The thought of going through your many belongings can be overwhelming, but there are things you can do to simplify downsizing when moving to a smaller home.

As soon as you know you’re moving, begin cleaning out areas of your home which tend to have the most clutter. This includes the attic, basement, and garage. And while the thought of throwing items away can be hard to cope with, there are alternatives. For high-end possessions you won’t be taking with you, pass them down to a family member or try selling them at an antique shop or auction. This will help ensure they go to a good home and will remain well cared for. For all other items, have a garage sale, donate what you can, or simply put them in storage.

For more helpful tips, watch the video below!

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