Packing up and moving from one home to another is an exciting — yet challenging — task. If you're moving into a smaller house or apartment, you'll be faced with an additional layer of decision-making. Deciding what to take with you when you're downsizing can seem overwhelming at first, but don't worry. With the right system in place, you'll be ready when Minneapolis movers show up on your doorstep to pack your things. Here's how:

1. Stay Focused

Try to work on just one room at a time to keep from feeling overwhelmed. Start in one corner and pick up an object. You only have to make a decision about one item at a time, not everything in the room, so try to only think about the thing in your hand when you're deciding what to do. The only trick is that you must make a decision once you pick an item up — no cheating by putting it down and saying you'll come back to it!

2. Create Categories

When deciding what to do with an item, you have just three choices:

  • Keep It: If it's something you need or love, take it with you to your new place!
  • Toss It: If it's something that's obviously outdated or damaged beyond repair, get rid of it. 
  • Donate It: If it's something that you don't want or need anymore, but it's in good condition, set it aside to donate to a charity like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

3. Consider Storage

If you're still feeling indecisive, there is a fourth option: storage. Hedberg Moving is an award-winning moving company in Minneapolis that also offers climate-controlled storage units. If you're just not ready to get rid of those sentimental souvenirs or that big antique armoire, you can move them into storage until you're settled into your new place. By then you'll have a better idea of how much storage space your new home offers, and you'll know from experience whether or not you can live without those items. 

Keep it, toss it, donate it, or store it: Once you practice packing with these categories in mind, downsizing will be a piece of cake!

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