Moving to a smaller home can be convenient for many reasons – cleaning and maintenance will require less time and effort, the household bills will get smaller, so you may be able to save some money. For most of the families, the housing costs are the largest monthly money expenditure.
There are some of the reasons that can lead you toward this decision:
– Financial difficulties
In order to reduce the monthly expenses and save some money for some future projects people usually decide to move to a smaller place. If your child is going to college you may find yourself forced to sell the house and move to a smaller one in order to obtain enough funds for the scholarship. Also, a job loss is one of the most common reasons for downsizing a home.
Once you realize that there are a lot of unused items accumulated in your house it will be much easier for you to move out. At certain point you become aware that there are things you have been keeping for a while without even using or touching them. The fact that we are attached to some items doesn’t necessarily imply that we have to keep them for an entire life. An exception could be things that have sentimental value for you.
Moving to a smaller place is, actually, a perfect occasion to get rid of all possessions you were keeping ”just in case”.
Accessing your actual need can be very helpful while downsizing. So, inspect carefully your possessions – furniture, clothes, books, appliances,…and ask yourself how often you have been using certain items and whether you are going to use them (ever).
So, make enough room in your new home for the things you actually care for and need. Check carefully every nightstand, drawer and shelf and don’t hesitate to get rid of every old, unused item you own.
In case you are too attached to some items, store them for some time instead of throwing them away. That way you can use them whenever you like.
Knowing the dimensions of your furniture could help you plan interior design of your new home and prearrange the furniture before the moving day. Maybe a huge cabinet or sofa don’t fit into your new place, so you will have to replace them. Therefore, measure your new house, furniture and make a floor plan. Then you may get a clearer idea about what you should keep or not.
Inspect carefully your new storage space – attic, basement,… and clear an old one.
Try to stay objective while choosing things you will bring with you. Maybe an adviser, an outside observer can help you decide. So, value other people’s opinion in this case – it might save you a lot of trouble afterwards.
The easiest way to get rid of all old items is to throw them away. However, that’s not the most eco-friendly way. Having in mind your environment, you will contact the nearest recycling center and obtain further instructions.
Also, you can give away or donate other usable items. Someone will appreciate your kind gesture.
Alternatively, you can organize a garage sale or sell your goods online. Get in touch with nearest secondhand or antique dealers. Maybe they will be interested in something you have.
On moving day, first of all, move the furniture according to the plan you have previously made. Huge pieces of furniture require your effort and attention, so it is better for you to take care of it at the beginning. Furthermore, it is much easier for you to arrange smaller items after that. Your movers will be more efficient if you label properly all moving boxes and make a map of the house. Properly labeled boxes will be correctly disposed in respective rooms, which will considerably save your time.