Are you moving to a smaller space? While moving is never particularly easy, it can be a real challenge if you are looking to downsize. Moving from a home to an apartment takes some planning. You are going to need to make sure that you take what you need with you and leave behind the things that you don’t. Here are some tips from your Aurora movers if you find yourself settling into a smaller home.
Where to Start
You may be overwhelmed at the idea of having to downsize. You want to start by decluttering your current living space. That can be a great way to downsize without having to sacrifice things that you may need.
The longer you live in a home, the more clutter it seems to attract. Start by looking at things that are broken. Electronics that don’t work always seem to find a corner to live in long after they cease to function. Tools are another thing that seems to stick around long after their life.
Next, head to your closets and get rid of all of those clothes you aren’t wearing. Things that are too small or are simply outdated can go. Donate them if they are in good condition or simply toss them if they are not. If you have kids, this is probably the perfect time to get rid of all of those clothes that haven’t fit them in years.
Lastly, head into those dark storage spaces — the attic, garage and basement. You will probably find things lurking in those places that you didn’t even know that you had anymore. If needed, your Aurora movers can help you pack all of it up.
Rooms You Don’t Frequent
There are probably rooms in your home that you don’t go into as much as the others. These rooms are the prime target for things that you no longer need. Guest rooms or offices that have gone into disuse probably have items that you can easily get rid of.
Downsizing Questions to Ask Yourself
When you are going to be downsizing, keep these questions in the back of your mind while you are considering what to get rid of:
- Do I need this if I’m moving to a smaller home?
- Is this old-fashioned (in the bad way) or outdated?
- Does this mean anything to me? Does it hold any emotional value?
- Do I really need to have this thing or can I get by without it?
- Is keeping this going to cause space issues in my new home?
- Is this of any real use to me at all?
What to Do with Downsized Items?
So now that you have a large pile of things to get rid of, what do you do with them? For the broken items, throw them away. Things that are still useful and in good condition you could consider selling on a classified service. You could also donate these items to charity while you are moving to a smaller home.
Once you have downsized, contact Bradford Moving and Storage, your local Aurora movers, for assistance with your move to your new home.