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How to Downsize Your Home

How to Downsize Your Home

When years pass we usually accumulate incredible amounts of personal belongings, which often end up as useless clutter somewhere in our home, stuck in a closet or simply being there. Most of these belongings become pointless to haul around when we’re moving so here are some tips on how to rid yourself of the things you don’t need to keep your expenses down during the move:

How to Downsize Your Home

1. Consider your needs
We have a number of items we keep around our house that we never get around to using – books we’ll never read, exercise machines that gather dust somewhere in a corner or in the basement or garage. Think very seriously – have you used any of those in the past year and will you use them in the next few months? If no then you should get rid of them so you can open up space for the things you WILL use. After all there is no sense in hauling everything that gathered dust over the past few years you’ve never even touched. logo london man and van

2. Clear out everything from all storage spaces
Pull out everything you can out of every drawer, closet, nook and cranny you can find and go through it very carefully. Separate what you absolutely need from things you could consider trash or simply unnecessary.

3. Make sure you measure your furniture
Its always a good thing to do since the dimensions of the new home might be different from what you were used to in your previous household. Having an accurate idea of what the size of the furniture is can be of great help when you need to move in. After all you don’t want to try to squeeze your very large mattress or bed through the small door leading to your new bedroom right?

4. Check your storage space
Always make sure your new home has enough place to store all your belongings, be it closets, basements or attics. Making an assessment of that can be of great help for when you move in and will give you an accurate idea of how much of your things you can take with you without having to keep them in boxes somewhere else in the house. Checking the cupboards in your kitchen is a good idea too since with the years we usually accumulate enough plates, glasses, cups and bowls to feed a small army. Make sure you have enough space to store those in your new home and even consider ridding yourself of some of them.

5. Go through everything in all your storage spaces
Kitchen drawers, old boxes of papers, closets and any other place you can think of should be inspected, opened and everything should see the light of day. Don’t leave this for last as it will become a big problem in the end on moving day. You can always donate the excess items to charities, thrift shops or even your friends. Whatever you don don’t keep things you don’t ever plan on using.

6. Sell items you don’t need
There are plenty of chances to do that and even get some extra cash on hand to alleviate the costs of moving. Selling furniture you’ll never use is a great way to lighten the load and make things easier for both you and the movers and cheaper to boot! If you don’t want to bother with putting up fliers there are always websites like eBay and Craigslist which offer great chances to have your offer viewed by as many people as possible. Remember to take photos of your belongings and to present them right – after all remember you’re selling them.

7. Organize everything you need packed
Make sure you start packing early so you can avoid the hassle of having to do this quickly a day or two before having to move. Its always a good idea to setup some sort of staging area in the middle of each room where you can work things out. Begin collecting items in a clockwise pattern working around the room until you’re done. Remember to always label the contents of every box and not only that but also the room they came from. This will help you organize things better for when you arrive and unpack at the new house.

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