5 Tips For Downsizing (2021)

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Oftentimes, when preparing for a move, families or retired couples are faced with having to downsize, or sorting through some of the unnecessary stuff they’ve collected over the years. Downsizing can be stressful, so you’ll want to have a game plan to accomplish this tedious job.

Below, we’ve outlined 5 tips to accomplish your downsize.

Make a List and Prioritize

Sit down and start a list. List out each room (including the junk room everyone has) and list the most important items. Then walk through each room and see if you’ve left anything off of the high importance list. While in the room write down items that can be found in a new home with another family (donation) or can be thrown away altogether. Rule of thumb: if it doesn’t have sentimental value and you haven’t used it in over a year, it’s time to let it go.

Don’t Rule Out Storage

Did the list end up longer than you thought it would? If you find that it’s impossible to let go of things that won’t fit in the new place, maybe it’s time to look into storage options. Check out what will work with your budget and how long you plan on using the storage unit. Each vendor is a little different so make sure to ask the right questions for your family’s needs.

Buying New vs. Moving Old

Another aspect to consider is cost. Do some price comparison, for example, with larger pieces of furniture or electronics. Which is more effective, to move the current item or to buy it new once you’ve moved in? If you were already considering updating household items, now may be the time to do it.

Eliminate Rooms You Won’t Have in Your New Home

If there are certain rooms (game rooms, home workout spaces, kid’s playrooms, etc.) that won’t be available to you in your new space, you should take them into special consideration. Again, you should take inventory of the room, make a list, and prioritize what you’d like to keep. Designate a specific space for these items in your new home. If you can eliminate items from these rooms altogether, even better.

Get Rid Of Duplicates

This can be a great rule of thumb to use when going through kitchen items. Getting rid of duplicate kitchen utensils and cookware can help eliminate a lot of cabinet space. This is also a great rule of thumb for sorting clothing items or other household objects.

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