Downsizing comes with a host of tantalizing benefits as well as a set of challenges. On the one hand, you are saying sayonara to colossal spending (read: high rent, large bills, and so forth), and, on the other hand, you’ve to part ways with convenience and some of our stuff.
I won’t lie to you; moving to a small home is no small feat. From packing and loading to unloading and unpacking, the entire process can be overwhelming. And then you’ve to get rid of some of your stuff – lots of it.
Are you thinking of downsizing? Here are industry tricks and tips that can help you downsize without wracking your nerves.
It’s not going to be easy. But, you need to take inventory of all your belongings. Sort through all your stuff, and decide what stays, thrown out, and sold. These should go into different boxes clearly labeled as such.
The rule of thumb is anything that has not been used for the last twelve months, must go! Don’t forget to involve every member of the family in the process.
Once you’ve done an inventory of your stuff, it’s time to eliminate unnecessary duplicates. The kitchen is where the action is. Do you really need several sets of silverware, spatulas, and drinking glasses? What about the shoes? Oh, the shoes!
It pays to start your downsizing efforts at least three months before hiring a moving company in Portland OR. Once a week, you can go through the closets, garages, attic, bedrooms, and other spaces. It also gives you plenty of time to get over the emotional part of downsizing.
Draw up floor plans, and pre-arrange furniture and other house content. This way, you will get the feel and look of your new homes so you can make the right decisions.
When it comes to downsizing, storage space can be a huge lifesaver. Make the most of it. From inside ottomans to under the stairs to under the bed to built-in shelves and much more, all these are excellent storing options.
There is no reason why you can get a few bucks for your unused stuff. After all, you need a little boost of money to help with the move. Organize yard sales. Put some on sale on eBay, Craiglist, Etsy, Amazon, and so forth.
You can also consider donating some of your belongings. It can make you feel great about downsizing.
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