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8 Tips for Downsizing Your Home

There are different reasons people downsize their homes. It is common for empty nesters to downsize to a smaller home. Some people do it to save money. This can be an overwhelming process since it usually involves getting rid of a significant amount of items before moving. We’ve gathered some tips that will make downsizing your home easier.

Downsize Room by Room

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To make the process easier to tackle, it helps to downsize room by room. It may help to first take a picture of the room. Then you can look at the picture and notice where your eyes go first. This can help determine what pieces you’re most drawn to and want to keep.

Two piles of clothes each with a sticky note — one that says discard and another that says keep.

In each room, categorize your items into different piles. Have a pile of things you want to keep and another pile for things you want to get rid of. There are different ways to get rid of your belongings. You can give items away to friends or family or donate items to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army. Another option is to sell your items. Lastly, if none of these options are appropriate, you can discard your items in the trash. If you really can’t get rid of something but don’t have space, you can consider different storage solutions. 

Build Momentum By Starting in Little-used Spaces

It’s easiest to declutter in little-used areas like nooks and storage spaces. This is because there is less attachment to the things in these areas which means you’ll be able to get rid of things more quickly and build momentum. Some other great areas to tackle first are sheds, garages, spare rooms, and closets. Tackling these areas will make you feel accomplished and motivated to keep on decluttering.

Downsize Your Furniture Collection

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Because downsizing involves moving into a smaller home, you’ll most likely have to downsize your furniture collection. The first thing you’ll want to do is measure your new space. Next, you’ll have to measure your furniture to see what pieces would be able to fit in your new home. An easy way to decide what to keep is by first deciding what you can’t live without.

Downsize Collectibles

If you are someone that likes to collect things, you might have to pare down your collections in order to fit them into your new home. Maybe you have a collection of snow globes or mugs. Downsize your collections by choosing 3-4 favorites from each collection.

Only Keep Things that Spark Joy

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A new home means a fresh start. Don’t bring anything into your new home that is in bad shape. Also, feel free to get rid of gifts you are only holding on to because you feel guilty. If something doesn’t have a designated space in your new home, get rid of it. If you buy anything new during this period, make a rule to get rid of something.

Give Your Items A Proper Sendoff

It can be hard to let go of items, especially if they hold sentimental value. One way to make it easier to part with your belongings is to take photos of them. It can also be helpful if you thank each item for the use you got out of them and for the joy they brought you as Marie Kondo suggests.

Invest in Smart Storage Solutions

To create more space in your new smaller home, invest in smart storage solutions. Consider buying storage with adjustable shelves so you can adjust heights based on your needs. Purchase multipurpose furniture pieces. For example, you can buy a desk that offers extra shelving or a bed with built-in storage drawers. Ottomans with tops that allow you to store things inside are another great example.

Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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We hope these tips help you downsize your home with more ease. Since downsizing your home can come with added stresses, consider hiring a full-service moving company like Megan’s Moving. We’ll be more than happy to assist you with your move. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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