Have you just retired? Are you trading in your huge house for a smaller space in a more desirable location? Maybe you’re moving to be closer to your kids and children? Whatever your reason for moving, you’ve probably accumulated mountains of stuff throughout your time in your current home. Downsizing before your relocation will make your move considerably easier and less stressful.
To help you successfully downsize and move, the senior moving professionals at Hedberg Moving Solutions share X valuable tips below.
Start As Early As Possible
If you’re going to be sorting through decades of accumulated belongings, the earlier you start before your move, the better. The process of sorting, downsizing, donating, selling, and packing always takes longer than anyone anticipates. Do yourself a favor and give yourself as much time as possible to keep stress to a minimum.
Ideally, you should start the downsizing process about 3 months before your intended move date. If you don’t have that kind of time, try to give yourself a month at the very least. Parting with your things can be emotional, so you’ll want to allow time for breaks. Plus, going through your belongings one by one is a time-intensive process you simply can’t rush.
Begin With the Small Stuff
If you’ll be living in your house while you work through the process of downsizing, start with the small stuff — the things you have little emotional attachment to. Linen closets, your laundry room, maybe even your bathrooms or spare bedroom are all good places to begin.
Since you probably don’t use everything contained within these rooms, you’ll keep your main living areas free of clutter while getting rid of a bunch of stuff you really don’t need. Once you have some momentum going and as you move closer to your move date, start tackling your major storage areas, like the garage, attic, or basement.
Decide If It’s a Yes or a No — Maybe Isn’t an Option
As you sort through your belongings, don’t leave room for maybes. If you don’t use something regularly — even when the idea of letting it go tugs at your heartstrings — get rid of it. If you don’t, you’ll likely end up with a “maybe” pile that’s bigger than your “no” pile, which only creates additional sorting work.
If you’re hiring professional movers and packers or senior moving professionals, keep all of your yes items well organized away from the ones you plan to get rid of. If your packing team will arrive before you have a chance to get rid of the stuff you don’t want, you certainly don’t want “no” items getting mixed in with the items you’re bringing to your new home.
Consider the Layout of Your New Home
If you’re downsizing your belongings, chances are you’re downsizing your living area, too. If that’s the case, it makes no sense to hang onto items that you store in rooms you’ll no longer have. Why? Because you probably won’t have a place to put them!
If you know you won’t have a garage at your new place but you currently have one, consider what you keep in there and whether you really need it. If you currently have an office but won’t have one in your new home, it may be time to think about getting rid of your desk and bookshelves.
Unless you know you’ll have space for large items, such as desks, end tables, couches, bookshelves, etc., don’t hang onto them. If you do, you’ll not only create more work for your movers and packers, but you’ll also create more work for yourself when you discover you don’t have a room in your new place.
Got Duplicates? Get Rid of Them
If you have more than one of anything, seriously consider getting rid of the duplicates. Kitchens are notorious for collecting duplicate items, like spatulas, pots, pans, and small gadgets, and hanging onto all of these types of items only creates clutter.
As you go through duplicates, keep the ones you use and love most. If you only use a roasting pan once a year at Christmas, do you really need to move it? Or can you give it to someone who will get more use out of it?
The more stringent you are about getting rid of items you don’t really use, the faster your packing process will go when your movers and packers arrive. And of course, the unpacking process will move faster, too.
Not sure what should stay and what should go? Check out these 7 items everyone should consider getting rid of during the downsizing process.
Consider Passing Down Legacy Items Early
If you have highly sentimental or valuable items that you plan to hand down to your children or grandchildren eventually, why not hand them down early? Moving is a tough process for anyone, but when you have plenty of valuables — like heirloom jewelry or decor — they can make it even more difficult.
Since these types of items are worth a great deal, most moving companies suggest you find a way to transport them yourself to minimize the risk of damage or loss. The more you lighten your load, the less you’ll have to transport and the less time-consuming and stressful your move will be. If you’re really not ready to part with some of your things yet, consider renting a secure storage unit to keep clutter in your new home to a minimum
Sell Unwanted Items Yourself
Once you’ve sorted through your belongings and determined what you won’t be keeping, what should you do with that stuff? While you can certainly donate it to a local charity or gift it, don’t be afraid to sell it yourself!
Selling the things you no longer want will put some extra cash in your pocket, which can help offset the cost of hiring professional movers and packers. Set up a yard sale, take your items to a consignment shop, or if you’re comfortable using a computer, sell your items online.
If you’re not quite sure how to go about listing items on the internet, your children or grandchildren can probably help. Or, if you have a ton of stuff and would like to take a more hands-off approach, you can always hire a firm to set up an estate sale for you.
Hedberg Moving Solutions: Senior Moving Professional at Your Service
If you’re getting ready to move, let our senior moving experts at Hedberg Moving Solutions help make your relocation as smooth and stress free as possible. Our professional movers and packers can help you remove unwanted items from your home, rearrange your furniture to create your ideal floor plan, help you organize your things in your new place, and more. We serve the entire state of Minnesota and offer free estimates to get you started.
To learn more or start planning your move, call our Maple Grove, MN office today at 763-434-6683 or contact us online!
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