A common trend that has emerged over the past decade is the switch from a large home to a smaller house. This is known as downsizing. Downsizing is more common for families whose children have moved out. Many families realize they don’t need as big of a space as they are used to. While downsizing may sound like a nice idea, some things can make the transition very stressful. Here are some tips to follow to make your downsizing go smoothly.
Accurately Measure Your Furniture
One of the first things you should do when you begin to downsize is to make sure your current furniture can fit in your new space. Oftentimes, your furniture might be too big for the smaller space, and if you were not already preparing for new furniture, this can set you back on your move. Avoid buying any bulky items and furniture until you have moved into your new home.
Take Inventory of Your Items
One of the reasons why many people decide to downsize is they want to get rid of a lot of the clutter that has been lingering in closets, garages, and basements. You won’t have much space to hold onto most of these items, so make sure you take count of your belongings and decide what to keep and what to toss.
Sort Through Your Items
Once you’ve taken an inventory of your items, you can begin to sort through them. Set apart any necessities from things you haven't used in years. Once you’ve decided you no longer need something, it’s time to put it in the ‘get rid of pile. Being extra organized will not only help you in the moving process, but it will also lead you to a successful downsize.
Moving to a new home is a challenge. From financing to finding a home, the process can be a bit stressful. When you choose to move to a smaller home and downsize, the endeavor can be even more challenging. Make sure to follow these tips if you have decided to downsize your home.