Keep it simple and follow these four steps to quickly downsize your furniture and belongings and move to a smaller home or apartment.
Step 1 – Photos and Measurements
Take photos. Go room to room and take a picture of each space in your current home. You will refer back to these photos often during the downsizing process.
Next, measure the size of each room in your new home so you will know exactly how much less space you will have for furnishings. Once you know the dimensions of the rooms you will be moving in to, you can fill your home with just enough furnishings without having it feel overstuffed and lacking storage.
Measure the height, width, and depth of large appliances like the washer, dryer, and refrigerator. You may find you need to buy smaller model appliances to fit in your new home.
Measure your dining room table and bedroom set and decide whether these pieces take up too much room in the downsized space, or are they a perfect fit.
Measure other furniture pieces like sofas and chairs and get a complete picture of what will comfortably fit in your new living space.
Step 2 – Make 4 Piles
Keep, Giveaway/Donate, Sell, and Trash
The Keep pile contains the things you need, use, and love. This includes the furniture and appliances you measured and have decided to take with you from Step 1.
The Giveaway/Donate pile is for possessions that will go to friends and family who want them and can use them, and for donations going to Goodwill or another charity.
The Sell pile is optional, but if you’re looking for extra cash to pay some of the moving expenses, this is a good way to do it.
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The Trash pile is for those items that have no value. Some options for trash removal include curbside pickup, bulk waste pickup, and a hauling service like Stand Up Guys, College Hunks Hauling Junk, or 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
Step 3 – Utilities and Mail
Prepare to move by contracting for utility services in your new home and completing a change of address form online at the US Post Office.
Step 4 – Pack
It’s time to pack all the belongings you are keeping into boxes so they can be moved. If you have limited mobility or a bad back or hip, you may want to get help from a Senior Move Manager or a packing service.
If you do the packing yourself, you’ll need cardboard boxes in a variety of sizes, rolls of packing paper, and several rolls of packing tape.
Be sure to pack a box with bare essentials you’ll need upon arrival in your new home like paper towels, toilet paper, and hand soap.
The process of downsizing can be done quickly when you have a tight timetable. The key is to focus on the big picture and keep moving steadily toward your goal of downsizing your possessions and moving into a smaller living space.