Moving is stressful enough as it is, but when you downsize to a smaller home, making room for everything you’ve accumulated over the years can add extra stress to the process. At Grasons Co., our professionals have the experience to help make your downsizing process efficient, quick, and as stress-free as possible. Our experts can help you with pricing, organization, and much more. Contact one of our many locations across the United States to get started today!
Want to reduce some of the stress of downsizing? In part one of this multi-part series, we’ll give you a few tips that will help make the downsizing process easier. To get the most out of your downsizing experience, continue reading below and be sure to consult with the experts at Grasons for all your downsizing needs.
Sort Through Your Belongings
When you downsize, chances are you’ll have to get rid of some of your things. This can be a painful process, but it’s important to remember that if you are downsizing your home, not everything will fit.
To make this job a little easier, come up with a series of questions that will help eliminate the items that are not as necessary as some of the others. For example, a couple questions you could ask yourself might be:
- Have I used this item in the last year?
- Does this item hold any sentimental value?
- Will I need this item at a later date?
- Is it necessary that I keep this item for financial or legal reasons?
If you ask yourself these questions and the answer is “no,” then it is probably safe to either throw the item away or sell it in a garage or estate sale.
As you start to go through all of your belongings, you will want to start with areas that have accumulated the most clutter first, such as attics and storage spaces. It’s easy for items to be tossed into these areas and forgotten for many years. Because of this, attics and storage areas will take longer to go through than other spaces and are likely to have more items you won’t need to keep.
Think About the Space
The size of your new home will determine how much of your old furniture you can bring with you. Furniture takes up a lot of space, and what fits in your old home, may not fit in your new home. Determine what pieces of furniture are necessary in your new home. For example, your bed has priority over a nightstand or a dresser. Once you have narrowed your furniture down to the essentials, you have to determine if you will either sell your other pieces or place them in storage.
Decide Where to Store Items
There will most likely be some items that you will refuse to part with, whether it be because of the item’s monetary value or sentimental value. Regardless of the reason, if you don’t have room for these pieces in your new home, you will need to find a place to put them. A storage facility is a great option for either short or long-term storage. If you’re moving across town, or even to a new state, most moving companies have a deal on storage units so you will have a short-term place to store your things until you find a more permanent solution.
If you’re looking for the quickest and easiest way possible to downsize your home, professional companies such as Grasons are here to help. At Grasons Co., our experts can help you downsize your home in the most stress-free way possible. We even offer professional moving sale services to help you get the best price on any unwanted items. Contact us today for a free consultation!