When you live in a larger home, it’s all too easy to feel like you need more things to fill it up. And the more stuff you accumulate, the more you might feel overwhelmed by it. If you’re planning to move to a smaller space because your current home is too big for your needs, chances are you’ll need to downsize.
Even if you’re moving to a similarly sized home, downsizing your belongings can make your upcoming relocation significantly easier. Not sure how to downsize efficiently? Below, the professional movers and packers at Ace Moving & Warehousing share tips to help you accomplish the task while you pack.
If you’re helping an elderly relative downsize before a move, check out our top tips on senior moving.
Start Downsizing Three Months Before Your Move
If you wait too long to start your downsizing process, you won’t have enough time to do it properly. Downsizing is a time-intensive process for most people, and with all of your other move-related tasks, it can feel overwhelming if you don’t start at least 90 days before you move.
Ideally, you should aim to finish up downsizing about 30 days before your move date. This way, you’ll have adequate time to handle other move-related tasks with as little stress as possible. If you’re hiring a professional moving company, downsizing early will also ensure your movers and packers can pack up your home as efficiently as possible.
Begin With the Big Stuff
If you’re moving to a smaller home, chances are you won’t need some of the furniture you currently own. It’s usually easiest to begin with larger items as they’re easy to identify and will help free up space for further downsizing activities. Some large items you may want to consider getting rid of include:
● Extra dressers, nightstands, and beds if you won’t have as many bedrooms
● Large shelving units
● Credenzas, end tables, and hallway tables
● Patio furniture
Consider Renting a Storage Solution
When you’re moving to a smaller place but can’t bear to let go of certain things that may not fit in your new home, a storage solution can be a lifesaver. Though putting things in storage isn’t technically downsizing, it will help keep your new home clutter free, so that’s a definite plus!
If you know you plan to find a storage solution, here are some tips on how to find a great one:
● Look for a facility that provides robust security, including cameras, regular security monitoring, and inventory checks.
● Tour multiple facilities in your area to find the one that best meets your needs.
● Determine whether you’ll need climate-controlled storage or a standard unit.
For more tips on how to find a secure, high-quality storage solution, check out our blog, Questions You Should Ask Your Self-Storage Facility.
Digitize Important Documents
Do you have stacks of documents and files piling up in your current home? Not sure which ones are actually important and which you can toss? You need to sort through those mountains of papers and digitize everything you can.
Digital copies of your important documents are immune to temperature and humidity damage, and they’re also convenient to access from an external drive. More importantly, when you go digital, you significantly reduce the risk of losing important paperwork when your professional movers come to call.
Sort Your Belongings Into Categories
After you’ve downsized your large belongings, it’s time to get started on the small stuff. Smaller items can be much trickier to downsize as you likely have loads of them and they often hold sentimental value. But sorting your belongings into categories can help!
First, create piles, bins, or boxes for items you plan to keep, donate, sell, and throw away. Sort through your belongings and don’t hesitate to be ruthless about what constitutes clutter and what you really need. This process can take quite a bit of time and for most people, it gets pretty messy too.
To keep your home as organized as possible during your decluttering, start with the rooms you use the least. As you get closer to your move date, begin decluttering areas that see more traffic, like your kitchen and living room.
Only Keep What You Need, Use, and Enjoy Looking At
One of the best strategies for downsizing is to only hang to items you use frequently, need to have, or love to look at. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you haven’t used an item in the last six months — seasonal decorations excluded — chances are you don’t really need it.
If you own things that make your space messy, like too many pieces of old wall art, a bunch of knick-knacks, or damaged household items, get rid of them. When you downsize, it’s important to identify which items make your house a home and which do nothing more than clutter it up.
Ace Moving & Warehousing: Your Minneapolis Source for Comprehensive Moving Services
If you’re planning an upcoming move, let our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing help. Even after you downsize your stuff, you may still need help packing and transporting it, and that’s what we’re here for! Since 1958, we’ve proudly served Twin Cities residents with an extensive variety of moving services, including full packing services, storage solutions, custom move plans, and more.
To learn more about how we can help you, get started by requesting a free quote or giving us a call at 763-755-2045. You can also send us a message to request more information.