Every year, thousands of people make the move from a house to a condo. Some are new college grads buying their first place and others are empty nesters looking for a place to retire. While these people may come from different walks of life, they all have one thing in common: they need to downsize. Moving into a smaller space means combing through everything you’ve accumulated over the years – and that can be daunting if you’re not prepared. However, we have a few simple tips that will make downsizing much easier.
While preparing to make the new condo your next home, make sure that you:
Anyone who’s moved before knows how stressful it can be. There’s a lot to do before you can settle into your new place – and downsizing should not be on that list. Begin examining your belongings before you begin moving in. Take notice of the things in your house that don’t get much use (clothes, unused exercise equipment) and figure out where it will go once the moving process gets underway. Use your floor plan to figure out which items will fit in the new place and which items have got to go. The sooner you start the better, but we suggest that most people begin the process about three months before move-in. Starting the process early will make your move much easier; the less stuff you keep, the less there will be to pack!
Prioritize Your Possessions
Downsizing can be a tricky thing for sentimental folks. It can be hard to part with items that remind you of people or places you love, but if you want to feel comfy in your condo, you’ll have to try. Start by putting the essentials on paper. Write out all the things you must bring with you (and while you’re at it, make sure you know where they are). This will help you determine which items are most important to you.
And what about the items that didn’t make your list? Those are the pieces to examine and put in one of three piles – keep, sell, or donate. Consider how often each item is used – and how often you’ll use it in the new place. Then pick a pile and move on to the next thing!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Do your best not to throw away the things you aren’t keeping. Not only is this the environmentally-friendly option, it might help you earn extra cash! Instead of trashing your treasures, you can let them live on by selling or donating them. There are tons of apps and websites (eBay, Craigslist, LetGo) that enable you to sell anything, from furniture to your kids’ old books. Create a post and watch your stuff fly out the door! However, not all items will find a buyer by move-in day. Consider donating anything left to a secondhand store or your favorite charity.
Consider Your New Conditions
There’s another way to downsize: swapping your stuff for more efficient products. Examine your new condo lifestyle – and find the products that will suit your needs. Let’s say you’re moving to the third floor of a condo. You can invest in stair-friendly products, like rolling shopping bags or a home espresso machine. These items can replace things you already have. If you take time to think about condo life, you may realize that there are many things you’ll need that you didn’t before. Consider how these items will change your routine; you just might find that your new things can help you downsize further, giving you more space.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to minimize the clutter for your next move. Whether you are packing up your childhood bedroom or a house full of memories, downsizing is an important part of moving into your condo. And while it can be a long process, downsizing leaves you with plenty of room to make new memories in your new home.