7 Tips to Make the Downsizing Move Smoother

Kyle Souza
Kyle Souza
Published on September 25, 2018

7 Tips to Make the Downsizing Move Smoother

Downsizing can be a great way to simplify your life and get rid of all those things taking up space in your house. However, your to-do list can get a little cluttered and hard to manage. There are a lot of extra things that come up and it can be hard to keep track of them. Here are a few ways you can make the downsizing process and move go more smoothly, stress-free.

  1. Research online for your perfect house

Finding your perfect home online is a process that has become easier as more options have become available. It’s so convenient, you won’t need to leave your living room to get an idea for what the pricing is like in an area you want to live in. If you’re researching for a senior loved one, include them in this process so they can see all the options. For example, homes in Carlsbad, California, have sold on average for $885,000 in the last month.

  1. Arrange storage space in advance

One piece of advice for storage space is to choose a storage unit first, then make it a goal to put everything in that. Otherwise, some people will load up nearly everything they own and only get rid of a few things. Storage space can help you feel less pressured to buy a home instantly and will allow you to take time. Some storage space will cost more than others, so research according to your needs and choose the best storage space that can accommodate you.

  1. Get rid of duplicate items

One of the important steps in downsizing and decluttering is getting rid of duplicate items. Often doubles will be documents or pictures that are collected over time, but it also applies to unnecessary second objects of something. If you haven’t used it in a year, you’ll probably be fine without it.

  1. Measure large items

Before you settle into a new place, make sure that you measure the items you plan on moving. You’ll also want to measure the size of the doorway and rooms that you plan on moving things into. This is particularly important because some furniture might have a tough time getting into the room you need it in. Planning your move from the beginning can make it much more simple and stress-free.

  1. Store important items together

Pack all of your important items together and mark them as such. Some important items include: Important photographs, medical/legal documents, heirlooms and expensive items. If you are afraid of losing important pictures or documents, make a second copy and digitize them by using a scanner or even your smartphone. Uploading your important items to cloud storage is an excellent backup plan.

  1. Be willing to ask for help

You’ve probably helped loads of family and friends get ready to move. Odds are good that they’ll be willing to reciprocate. Additionally, the choice to move is often something that will affect family members who are attached to the home or items that are being moved. Getting their help can ensure the move is a good emotional experience for you and your family.

  1. Make tax-deductible donations

An article from The Balance suggests making a list of items you’re going to donate and getting some paperwork from the place you donate to. This includes the date, the value of the items donated, and the organization’s name. This can help make your donations tax deductible, which will be especially nice for your upcoming move.

Researching online for housing prices and storage units can help set the groundwork for your move. After you’ve made a decision, you can start decluttering and donating your stuff, as well as measuring your large items. Organizing yourself can make moving and your life much simpler and easier.

Article courtesy of 

Mike Longsdon with ElderFreedom.net  

photo credit : Unsplash 

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