Top Ten Tips for Dowmsizing

Want to make your move with as little stress as possible? Here are 10 simple tips to help you get started:

  1. Rightsizing to your new home.
    As you are likely rightsizing to a smaller home many items have to do double duty in a smaller space. For example, nesting tables and small round tables are good pieces to use instead of a large coffee table.
  2. Start at the ‘heart’ of your home.
    Where do you spend the most time in your home right now? Is it is a favorite chair by the window, a sofa or perhaps your study? Build your furniture around your favorite place to sit. The biggest mistake is to bring too much.
  3. Sort through your possessions early.
    Start sorting early, but limit it to a couple of hours a day. Create three piles: things to keep; things for family and friends; and the third for removal.
  4. Check your closet space.
    You will likely have less closet space in your new home so you will have to start paring down your clothes. If you haven’t worn or used items for a long time, it’s probably a good time to let them go.
  5. What to do with what’s left.
    Charities, your local place of worship and antique dealers will often take things. Finally, there are firms that will haul the rest away at a cost.
  6. Take time to say goodbye.
    Take the time to go through your lifetime possessions. Share or reminisce about the memories with a family member or friend. It is the hardest part of downsizing, but the most important part.
  7. Book your moving date.
    Get quotes and references from several movers. Check the mover’s references and get a couple of quotes. Book your move for the morning and mid-week when it is less hectic.
  8. Keep track of what you pack.
    As you’re packing, keep an inventory of what goes into each box and label which room it’s going to in your new home.
  9. Moving day.
    If possible, have someone with you on moving day. Make sure you have your valuables, medications and important papers packed separately in small tote bag and transport these yourself.
  10. Enjoy your new home.
    By planning ahead, you can have a successful move and start enjoying your new home from the day you move in.

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Varinder Puaar

Varinder Puaar

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