If you're moving into a smaller space, because you are an empty nester and it's time, or, you're selling your home to move into a condo or townhouse, you're going to be shocked to see just how much stuff you've accumulated over the years. Even kids off to college for the first time can be overwhelmed by all the clothing, electronics, and more they'll need while away. Downsizing can be made more difficult when there's a basement cleanout involved in the process, but, it doesn't have to be so stressful. The key is to follow the top tips for downsizing a home to make it a more pleasant experience.
Top Tips for Downsizing a Home
When you move from a large home to a smaller residence, by definition, you'll have less living and storage space. This certainly has its pros because you won't have so much space to keep up and it's often decreases living expenses. One helpful trick is to use all available space strategically. For instance, some one bedroom condos or apartments have a small den. Usually intended for office space, a den can be converted into a bedroom.
Downsizing a home can lead to lots of stress and anxiety for anyone who loves their belongings but hates living in clutter. Seniors, empty nesters or people moving from a suburban home to a city apartment all face the challenge of creating a new living space with limited room for furniture, accessories, clothes and collectibles. But if you come up with a plan before you downsize, you can create a comfortable and stylish environment made for daily living. --HGTV.com
If the move isn't immediate and you have time, now is the time to start getting organized. Sure, it's not the most exciting thing, but it will save you a lot in time and effort. In fact, what creates so much stress is typically a lack of planning. All of a sudden, it's moving day and there's no plan of action to follow and worse yet, no preparation done to make it go smoothly. So, here are some of the top tips for downsizing a home:
- Plan in advance. The necessity of planning simply cannot be understated. Even in a reverse scenario, moving from a small to a large space, there are tons of items you just will not need. In addition, it's not all about how much you'll move, but how the move will be executed. Start planning as early as possible for the best results.
- Purge, purge, purge. Once you know what's going and what has to go away, purge earnestly. After all, you don't actually need four colanders, all those quilts, comforters and pillows, knickknacks galore. The point is to be free of what you don't need and only take what's necessary.
- Compare similar size spaces. One of the best ways to decide what can go along with you is to know what will fit. If you have a room in your current place that's the same or near the same size as a room in your new place, use it to your advantage to know what can be comfortably accommodated.
- Use the floorplan to your advantage. Along the same line is to use the floorplan to prearrange your furniture and belongings. You can use a floorplan to plan out what will go where and then make adjustments where needed once you're in the smaller space.
Home downsizing can be a very challenging thing to take on, so when you need help, go ahead and phone us at 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We have all the equipment and resources to help you out, when and where you need it most.