There are a lot of sensible reasons why downsizing is a must before your moving day comes, and these are not all about the size of the new place where you will be relocating. Even though a significant decrease in overall space and lesser square footage are good enough reasons for streamlining your items, it might be best for you to reduce your clutter and have it done before the movers come to help you eventually settle in your new house.
Whatever your motivation might be, an effective downsizing is one of the biggest goals of many people as they prepare for a move. Check out the following pieces of advice to ensure a smooth process:
Know Your Needs and Wants
There are some things that are absolutely necessary such as a couch or bed. Unless you have plans to buy new furniture pieces as a replacement for your current ones, there is very little chance that you will want to get rid of these pieces. In the same way, there are some other items which come with such a significant sentimental value, or those personal favorites that are used on a regular basis, even though these might not be strictly required in your house. You can think of your easy chair or a favorite blanket, or that cooking utensils set or a bathroom mirror.
The important step you have to take is to distinguish between things you really want and need, and you can never do without. In other ways, having a new house to move into could make the process much easier. You need a floor plan that you should adapt to, which only means that something will not fit in after your move. A great place to start is reviewing the last time you have used the given piece of appliance, furniture or possession. If it has been in the box since last move or gather some dust particles on the shelf, you must feel confident in getting rid of it, selling or donating.
For more intense downsizing, it is recommended to review what you’d replace once you had to start right from scratch. Which things do you require to function from day to day? Which are the luxuries or not necessary, yet you use regularly? Which are the things you never used? To downsize in an effective manner, you may get rid of anything on the category of never-used and reduce the category of luxuries until your belongings fit the new space.
Approach Your Home with Fresh Eye
If you have lived in the same space for a bit, you may be complacent with the arrangement of things from your living room to the kitchen table. That isn’t a bad thing though and you have likely found the ideal spot for most if not all of your things.
You must also thoughtfully consider the ways on how to use your new space. With having a plan, you can easily choose which things to avoid and what to keep.