Moving House: Tips on Downsizing to a Smaller Home

There are many reasons why you might decide to move to a smaller house. Maybe all your children have moved out and you no longer need a three-bedroom house. Or maybe you’re simply tired of having to clean a spacious house and think a smaller house would be easier for you to maintain. If you’re in the process of moving to a smaller house, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

Check your furniture

When downsizing to a smaller house, consider how your existing furniture will fit into that house. What you might realize is that trying to squeeze all your furniture into your new home could result in a cramped, disorganized space.

What you should do is measure the rooms of your new house, and then go and measure your furniture. Try to visualize a layout that incorporates all of your furniture. You might discover that you need to get rid of some of your furniture for everything to fit — but that is just all part of the downsizing process!

Purge the clutter

Another part of the downsizing process is purging your unnecessary clutter. All those birthday cards you’ve been saving over the years? Now is the time to get rid of them! If it is junk, it doesn’t belong in your new, smaller home!

To declutter your home, first, get rid of any broken items or items that you don’t use anymore.

If you’re not sure whether or not you want to keep an item, you should put the item in a “maybe” pile. If you end up not using it or thinking about it for several weeks, get rid of it.

Leave or sell unwanted items

Get rid of unwanted items before you move. If you let them come with you, you’re more likely to throw them in a closet and forget about them. You can get rid of items by organizing a yard sale or selling them online. Facebook has an online marketplace that allows you to connect with neighbors.

Or, if you don’t think anybody will buy it, put it outside with a free sign. Everybody loves free items and you’re guaranteed to get rid of some clutter this way — unless, of course, it is trash, in which case you should throw it away.

Find a storage space

If you absolutely can’t get rid of something but don’t have room for it in your new house, you’re going to need to look into storage options. You may need to consider asking a family member to store some items for you. Or, you can also rent a public storage unit.

If renting a public storage unit, you’ll want to avoid storing valuable items there, such as personal collections, heirlooms, or expensive keepsakes. For example, if a storm comes and the storage unit floods, you may not be able to hold the storage unit owner liable for the damaged items.

Hire movers in advance

If you think you’ll need help moving, contact a moving company several weeks beforehand. Even if you don’t think you need a large moving truck, keep in mind that moving companies only have a limited number of booking spots.

Whenever looking at a moving company, make sure to read over their website carefully. For example, if you look at the company Move N’ Go, you’ll see that they specialize in London removals. Look at several different companies and get a few different quotes before settling on a company. Make sure the company has the right size truck for the job.

Organize closets carefully

Once you move, take the time to organize your closets carefully. With only a limited amount of space in a smaller house, you need to make every bit of space count. The sooner you can get organized, the better! Closets are a great way to hide items you don’t use all the time, but they can quickly get cluttered if not organized.

There are closet organizers that you can use to help create distinct areas throughout your closet. For example, some organizers have space for hanging clothes near the top, then several cubby hole spaces at the bottom for storage bins.

Final thoughts

When it comes to downsizing to a smaller home, your priority should be taking inventory of what you have in your current home and starting to figure out what you can get rid of. Once you declutter your current home, you’ll be ready to move and get organized in your new, smaller home!

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