So you’ve decided to move into a smaller space, but where should you begin? If your current place is significantly larger than the place you’re looking to move into, there may not be enough room for all of your belongings.
The good news is that deciding which items to bring with you and which items to leave behind doesn’t have to be a mission. Below are some handy tips and tricks for an easy downsize into your new space.
What Do You Want Out Of Your New Space?
Before you take any steps with downsizing, first have a think about exactly what you want out of your new space. Are you looking to create a cosy, homely space, or are you looking to create a functional minimalist space?
Knowing exactly what you want out of your new space before you lift a finger will hopefully give you a better idea of what sorts of things you may no longer need at your new place, meaning an easier time with culling your possessions.
How Much Space
Carefully calculate how much total space you’ll have at your new place. This will give you an idea of how much of your belongings you will need to pare down.
Don’t forget to measure out each of your rooms and living areas to determine if they can accommodate your furniture. If not, you may have to consider leaving your oversized items behind and purchase more size-appropriate pieces to comfortably fit into your new place.
Moving house is often a busy time, and it’s made even busier when you have to downsize your belongings too. The biggest pitfall when it comes to downsizing is not giving yourself enough time to get everything done. So the best thing to do is to get started as soon as you can!
Use A Checklist
Working with a checklist is a great way to ensure that you know exactly what tasks need to be done and keep track of where you are up to. That way, you can ensure a smoother downsizing process. So start making a list of the tasks that need to be completed and slowly tick them off as you go.
The key to making a smaller living space work for you when coming from a larger home is to ensure that you declutter as much as you can before you move house. That way you will save time and money on moving costs.
Sort through each of your belongings and decide which of your belongings you would like to keep. While sorting, it might also help if you put the items you no longer want or need into two piles: donate, give away and sell.
As a backup plan for items you may not need right away or don’t want to dispose of just yet, you can always temporarily store them away with a company that offers a temporary storage solution.
Declutter Unneeded Items
When you’ve decided which items you are no longer going to take with you to your new place, you’ll have to organise disposing of them as soon as you can. Where possible, try to take an unemotional approach when disposing of your unwanted items and focus on the practical need to declutter.
Below are some ways to dispose of your unwanted items:
- Sell them – if you’ve got a bit of time up your sleeve, have a garage sale of all your unwanted things to move them on to a new owner and recoup some of their original value.
- Donate – carefully drop off your charity donations to your nearest charity store or collection point.
- Gift them to others – invite some friends and neighbours over for a giveaway party and see if they would like to take any of your unwanted belongings away for free.
Looking For A Temporary Storage Solution?
If you’re not 100% ready to declutter your unused possessions or would simply like to hang on to them in the meantime, you can always temporarily store your furniture and other items with a trusted company like Giffen Furniture Removals for an easy downsize solution.
At Giffen Removals, we’ve got all your furniture removal and storage needs covered. Feel free to call our team about our services today for an easy downsize and moving experience.