Whether you’re an empty nester moving into a smaller house or into a condo, or trading in for a studio, you’ll have to say goodbye to some of your belongings. Does this stress you out? Don’t worry. Here are some tips on how to make the downsizing process easier.
Write a List of All the Items you Love and can’t live without: it will help you say goodbye to things that didn’t make the list.
Start Thinning Out Your Belongings at least Three Months Before the Move: take some time each day to go through a room and your house and throw away or donate items you no longer need.
Get a Feel for the Size of Your New Rooms by Comparing them to Rooms of Similar Dimensions in Your Present Home: for example, your living room to be might be roughly the same size as your current bedroom. You may thing you can fit two sofas, but this kind of reality check could help you realize that only one will fit comfortably.
Heavily Edit Areas with Items that don’t have as Much Sentimental Value: take the kitchen, for example; you probably don’t need 10 mixing bowls. If you’re downsizing from a house to a condo, target the garage. Snow shovels, the lawn mower, ladders-you probably won’t need them.
Don’t throw anything in the Garbage: recycle, reuse, sell, and donate instead. As tempting and easy as it is to throw your belongings you don’t need away, it is better to be environmentally responsible and find a home for everything.
Label Three Bins To Keep, To Sell and Charity: for the average downsize, keep only one third to one half of your belongings.
Use floor plans to prearrange your furniture before the move: this is another useful reality check. To start, draw plans if you don't have any, and sketch in a furniture layout. Then look at the plans realistically; if you've crammed in side tables, armoires and chairs, you need to edit more. Don't wait until after you move to contend with furniture you'll just end up tripping over.
Once you get to the packing stage, use a colour-coded system to organize all of your boxes: choose a colour for each room and mark the boxes destined for that room with a coordinating colour sticker. You can also do the same thing numerically; for example, if room No. 1 is the kitchen, then all boxes marked No. 1 will go there. A simple and efficient organizing idea to make the move that much easier!
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