Downsizing from your home to another home can be a daunting task. Whether you are moving from a large home into a smaller one, or an apartment, deciding what to keep or toss can be challenging. Depending on your reasons for moving: financial, your children going to college or moving out and living on their own, moving can be made easier with planning. Here are some helpful tips to help you downsize from your home:
Size of your new home: knowing how much space, and storage will be in your next home you in assessing your personal belongings. If you have the opportunity to visit the home, take pictures and measurements of the rooms and closet areas. When you can start planning out the space of your new home’s goals, it will save you mental and emotional stress when packing.
Ask for help: downsizing can be an enjoyable time for some, and an emotional time for others. If your storing your children’s belongings if there are away at university or living abroad, help them decide what they really need to keep if they decide to live in their own place once they return home. If you are holding on from things from the past, ask family members to help you assess, donate and pack up your belongings that you no longer need or want.
Time: if you are fortunate to have adequate time before you move, use it to your advantage. Use this time to declutter and organize your belongings. Throw a garage sale, donate items to charity, churches, or sell items that will not be used in your new home. If you don’t have a lot of time, consider having friends or family house your furniture or large items you can’t bring. Renting a storage facility is also an option if you don’t have time to downsize your belongings. Often times the option to store items while you move lets you get use to your new place, and make formal decisions in the future.
Stay positive: moving homes can be a life-changing event. The attitude that you possess as you transition will help you think clearer, and will help you plan for the future. Make sure and bring personal mementos that will remind you of your past to your new home. If you aren’t familiar with the area you’re moving to, go online and research the city and all the amenities it has to offer. You never know, this move may change your life for the better!
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