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It’s hard to believe the amount of stuff we accumulate overtime and the space needed to keep it tucked away in our homes. In the early years of our lives, it makes sense to choose homes we can grow into with family. The spare room becomes a child’s room, the big backyard becomes a playground, and the house gets filled with everyone’s belongings.

But we all grow older. Eventually, the kids move out and take their things, leaving the house a little emptier. At a certain point, it doesn’t really suit our needs to be living in a two-story house. Some of us want a smaller space, to move in with family, or a community living environment. Whatever our next step, it will require us to downsize our home. Downsizing can be both overwhelming and emotional to do; here are some tips on making the process as easy as possible.

Determine the Size of Your New Place

The first step to downsizing is to determine the size of your new living space. Doing so will give you an idea of how much stuff will fit into the home with you versus how much you’ll need to make different arrangements for. It can be helpful to go through this process room by room, instead of tackling the whole house at once. Go through items in each room and think realistically about what you will need to use each day. These are things you’ll want to take with you, while considering alternate options for things you’ve not used in years. Don’t start downsizing without knowing the size of your new home; otherwise, you might be letting go of things you could have kept.

Figure Out All Options

Before you start decluttering, understand all of your options for the items you will not be able to take with you. Will you want to rent a storage unit? Are there items you would like to donate? Do you want to host a yard sale? Downsizing your home doesn’t mean you have to throw everything away. Discuss all your options with family and friends helping you through this process. You may find a new home for memories and keepsakes that will continue to be passed down and cherished by family. Some things, you’ll want to take with you and continue cherishing on your own.

Start to Declutter

This is both an important and overwhelming step, which is why we urge you not to go through it all alone. Enlist family and friends to help you go through your things. Make lists of what to take, donate, store away, or get rid of entirely. Be prepared to make some tough decisions and ask yourself questions such as: do I need it? do I have more than one? does this hold significant value?

Make a plan for which rooms to tackle first and go into the process ready with boxes, tape, and sharpies for labeling. After you’ve finished one room, take a quick look through your piles again. You might realize you can further reduce your keep pile or vice versa. Don’t feel rushed through this process-it doesn’t all have to be done at once.

Arranging for the Move

Once you’re ready to start packing your items into their designated boxes, you can decide whether you want to hire extra help or do it on your own. At this point, you and your loved ones have done the hard work. It can be draining. If you want to hire movers, our crew can help a little or a lot. If you want us to help with packing, we will provide packing supplies and do the work for you. You might just want us to move your items once you’ve packed them away yourself’. We can even do both.

This is a process that can take a lot of time and be physically and emotionally draining. If at any point our movers can help, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here for you at all transitions in life!