5 Downsizing Tips To Make Moving a Breeze
Okay, maybe not a breeze, but less painful!
The best part of moving? Figuring out where all your stuff is going to go in your new home. The worst part of moving? Figuring out how all your stuff is going to fit into your new home!
Yes, moving home can be a challenge, and if you happen to be downsizing in terms of space or storage, it can feel downright impossible. But don’t despair, it can be done. And if you approach it with the right attitude it can even be freeing. I mean, maybe this is just the excuse you need to convince your partner or kids that it’s time to say good-bye to their mason jar collection, back issues of Popular Mechanic, assortment of headless Barbie dolls . . . you get the picture.
Are you ready to be liberated from the burden of extra “stuff”? Following are some tips and guidelines that will help you streamline and simplify when preparing to make a move.
Tip 1 – Get going! It’s never too early to start downsizing
Don’t wait until the “For Sale” sign is in the lawn before you begin the process. Experts suggest you should get downsizing three months before you move. I think if you’re even considering listing anytime in the next year, it’s time to get going. Get the family on the same page and come up with a strategy that is clear to everyone.
Tip 2 – Get organized! Make a list
List are a fantastic way to keep organized and stay focused. Begin by listing the must-haves from each of your current rooms. Items should be functional; if they aren’t useful, then they must have some extra value to stay on the list, such as being an heirloom, unique, antique, etc. But don’t get wishy-washy here, stay objective!
Tip 3 – Get a floor plan! And plan accordingly
Once you have your new home selected, determine floor space and take measurements then think about whether all your furniture will fit. It might be an appropriate time to move from two couches to two loveseats. Or perhaps you need to invest in some multipurpose items, such as storage ottomans. And if you’re fighting for space, plan to use every part of your new home – a corner can become a reading nook with bookcase, put up shelves for extra storage, etc.
Tip 4 – Get technical! And tidy
Wi-fi and Bluetooth mean that we can avoid extra wires and speakers. Maybe it’s time to send the old cd player/stereo to the Salvation Army. Wall-mounted televisions also take up less room. Use your iPad instead of having a radio or television in the kitchen. Take digital pictures of your old home and other items (e.g., grandkids’ art) to preserve memories.
Tip 5 – Get help!
Call on a friend or relative to give an objective second opinion – and maybe even pawn some stuff on them to keep things “in the family” but out of your house. A good conversation about an item’s usefulness can help to bring things into focus. Now, get moving!
Make sure to get in touch with me about any aspect of moving in and out of the Comox Valley. You can connect with me through our website mikefisherhomes.com or by calling/texting me at 250.218.3895.