Enjoy a simpler and stress-free lifestyle by downsizing and decluttering. Check out these moving tips to make the process easier and more productive.
- START EARLY AND MAKE AN INVENTORY
Getting organized, packing, and moving often takes more time than anticipated. Prepare for your move at least two to three months in advance to avoid last-minute stress.
Take inventory of your belongings before packing. Sort through everything and separate aspirational items from essentials. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year.
- PLAN HOW TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED ITEMS
For things that won’t come with you, consider the following options:
- Donate or freecycle items you no longer need to someone who does. Local charities– as well as freecycle.org and Facebook resale groups– accept items in good condition.
- Organize a yard sale to earn extra money. Furniture, toys, books, children’s clothing, power tools, and lawn equipment are among the most popular items.
- Renting a dumpster is an easy way to dispose of items that are not suitable for donation or sale. This is especially helpful when decluttering a large home or disposing of big household items such as broken appliances or worn-out furniture.
- Relatives or friends may appreciate receiving hand-me-downs or sentimental items that you no longer need but hold memories of.
Tip: Decide on your new floor plan to help you choose which furniture to keep and which to give up.
- SET A TIMELINE
Plan your move to make things easier coming moving day (or week). When relocating to another state, consider how long movers might need to transport your belongings.
And, of course, take your time. Knowing when to downsize is the first step in the process. Give yourself more time to plan your move and declutter your belongings. This will allow you to make thoughtful decisions rather than rush to get rid of everything.
- KEEP A RECORD OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Put your medical records, birth certificates, and passports in one bag or envelope. Store it in a secure and accessible place during relocation.
- PREPARE AN EMERGENCY BAG
Pack a bag with the things you’ll need during your move. Include essentials such as medications, sleepwear, toiletries, a first-aid kit, cleaning supplies, snacks, packed meals, and bottled water.
- REMEMBER TO STAY IN TOUCH
Change can be difficult, and that’s okay. Decluttering and downsizing may take up a lot of your time, but it’s a great opportunity to get your friends and family involved and spend more time with them.
Alternatively, visit your friends and family if you hire a professional to assist you. Having familiar faces around or making phone calls to loved ones can help with the transition.
Downsizing can make life easier and less stressful. Take the time to sort your belongings and start the process as soon as possible. Maintain an organized schedule and a realistic timeline. Prepare an emergency kit and, more importantly, stay in touch with family and friends.
For 55+ homebuyers looking for single-family homes for sale, these downsizing tips will help you relocate smoothly. And if you’re looking for more tips and information, Bryan Devore is here for you. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, he can guide you through the process. Call Bryan and his team at 760.908.3838 or send a message here.