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Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

Downsizing to a smaller home may come with some heartache if you are leaving a home in which you have had many happy family memories. However, moving can also be an opportunity to start anew.

Moving to a smaller home is an opportunity to let go of items that were once useful but are now unneeded in a more modest home. When moving to a smaller house the key is to commit to keeping only the things that matter most to you and let the other stuff go.

How do you determine what to leave behind? How do you decide the importance of things that you’ve had in your home for so many years? Here are some tips to help you make some decisions and downsize.

Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

Maybe you’re moving to a smaller home because the kids have grown and you don’t need the extra space anymore. Or, perhaps the move is because a smaller home is more affordable. Whatever the case, it’s time to purge. Here are some tips to begin the downsizing process.

Assess Your New Space

The crucial first step in downsizing is understanding the space of the home you’re moving into. Determining the size of each room will give you a better understanding of what you are working with.

Given the dimensions, what do you have room for? For instance, if your current house has additional rooms that your new home doesn’t have, you’ll need to purge much of the stuff in those extra rooms.

Inventory Your Belongings

Take the time to go from room to room and inventory what you currently have and plan to eliminate the items you don’t need or have a place for. Determine if the belongings you want to take match the space available in your new home. You don’t want to overload your new home with unnecessary stuff.

Decide if your current furniture will fit in the new home. You may need to consider smaller furniture if the living area is substantially smaller.

Let It Go

Often we feel attached to the items and furnishings in our homes. Sometimes there is a sentimental attachment, other times it’s just difficult to let go of possessions you think you have earned or worked hard for.

It is time to be realistic and put those feelings aside to move forward.

Take one room at a time and evaluate everything in that room. By answering the following questions, you should determine if the item is necessary to keep.

  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Will I use it again?
  • Do I own another item that serves the same purpose?
  • Will I have room for this item in my new home?
  • Is this something I love? Does the item have sentimental value that can’t be replaced?
  • Might someone else benefit more from this item than me?

Sometimes things like children’s artwork are hard to part with. If that’s the case, take some photos of the projects and keep the memory that way and then let the item go.

Downsizing gives you the chance to sift through everything you own and pare down and discard the things that you may have forgotten you ever had.

Maintain Purpose

After working hard on decluttering to downsize, embrace a selective attitude about the items you bring into your house going forward. Be sure new things have a purpose.

When considering something new, be sure it will serve multiple functions and isn’t a duplicate of something you currently have. Also, when you bring something new into your home, make it a practice to eliminate something to make room for the new. This way your new small space will stay neat and organized.

For More Information

Questions about moving to a smaller place? Contact us for help. Corrigan Moving Systems will answer your questions and help you with your move.

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