Often times the cost of living in a large home with a ton of stuff inside is too big. It is not uncommon for people to initiate a sell because they suddenly realize that they want a smaller condo as opposed to living in a large house. In that sense, downsizing is a great idea.
There is something scary about getting rid of items you have had for so long, but it is necessary. After all, you have just initiated a home removal, which will take you to a smaller home. You can’t just bring everything with you. The following guide aims to make the process easier for you and help you out with organization. So here is what you need to bear in mind during your downsizing and home relocation process:
- Start early – let’s be clear on this: it is not a just a minor project. A change of home is serious business and requires a lot of planning. In order to be successful at it, you need to invest enough time in it. Starting the planning process and thinning out your belongings a good three months before home removal day is advisable. Some of the tasks, such as going through old photos and discarding a large portion of them will take you some time. That is why it is so important to begin early.
- Assess your needs – so you have been collecting belongings for a number of years now. Surely there is a large part of them that you are not using and do not plan on using in the near future. Why is it still in your home then? Wouldn’t it be better to dispose of all that clutter? It sure is, now that you have already decided to go through the trouble of house relocation and live in a smaller place. Go through every room and take a look at your belongings. See what you can’t live without and dispose of the rest.
- Measure the rooms of your new home – you need to know if your furniture is going to fit, before you get to furniture removal. Measure both the furniture you want to fit and the rooms. Keep the location of all windows and doors in mind, as that is an important factor for furniture placement. That ought to give you a proper idea of what part of your furniture you can use and what needs to go.
- Sell/donate/give away – now that you have a clear idea of what you want to bring on the removal van and transport to your new home, it is time to dispose of the rest. Selling your belongings is a great idea, as it ensures that part of your home relocation expenses is covered. However, that is only doable if your items are in good shape. Donation is also an option – surely there are charities nearby that you can get in touch with. Some of them can even pick up the items you want to donate. Ask family and friends if they need anything and gift it to them.
- Adopt a no-clutter policy in your new home – once you are done with the removal, be sure to keep your home clutter-free. After all, it’s a small one and you will quickly run out of free space if you hoard items again.
Downsizing is a great strategy, as it often means less expenses and less trouble overall. Follow the outlined general guide if you have decided to downsize, as it can make the whole process easier.