When you have to downsize, often the hardest part is coming to the realisation you’ll no longer be living in a bigger property. That being said, it isn’t always as stressful, nor as bad, as you might think it is.
To help you make this transition as smooth and easy as possible, I’ve put together this essential guide for you. As you prepare to downsize your property, you’ll find these tips will keep you on the right track. And thankfully, well prepared to move into your new property!
1. Know the dimensions of your new home
The first step you should take when downsizing is considering the new home that you will be moving into, being aware of the floor plans and dimensions of rooms can allow you to assess what furniture needs to go. Having a clear understanding of the house can reduces stress and can put your mind at ease.
2. Reduce clutter from your old home
It’s inevitable that the process of downsizing will mean you have to get ride of clutter. And if you’re a collector of “things”, I know this can be hard to embrace. But it’s a vital part of the process. Decluttering will free up space in your new home, which allows likely smaller rooms to appear and feel bigger than they actually are.
3. Streamline your clothes and belongings before you downsize
This is a hard one, but it’s the case for many of us (myself included at times!). So I’ll go right ahead and say it. If you have to squeeze your clothes into your wardrobe, then it’s likely you have far too many. Additionally, any furniture that is too large, or broken, may need to go. Remember–you wont need as much furniture as you think. To ensure your items continue to have life, it’s a lovely idea to donate them. Plus, it reduces waste. And allows someone new to love and take of them.
4. Allow yourself plenty of time to move
It’s key when moving out, and downsizing, that you take your time. Do not rush! Take time to sift and sort through your belongings, and only keep the necessaries. There is no time like the present. So start now, and allow yourself the time to filter through and organise your possessions. You’ll save yourself from stress and overwhelm, and in return, create a more organised and efficient move into your new home.
5. Pack up one room at a time
My best advice is to pack up one room at a time. This way, you’ll avoid overwhelm and the ensuing chaos. As you methodically go through and pack just one room at a time, it will mean you do so with clarity. Which in turn means you’re clear on exactly what you need and don’t need.
You’ll find this step is intrinsically linked with step #2: declutter. You’ll successfully reduce mess in your house, and prevent unwanted clutter making way into the collection of items moving to your new home. It’s also worth bearing in mind not to leave the biggest/worst rooms until last. If you get those hard to tackle rooms out of the way first, you’ll be able to approach your impending move date with positivity as you downsize your property.
6. It’s okay to ask for help
When moving, it can feel like you’ve the weight of the world on your shoulders. I get it, I’ve been there too. Decision fatigue and overwhelm is all too real. But let me tell you–it’s OK to ask for help! Reach out to friends, family, or the experts, for support and advice as you begin the process of downsizing your property. Sometimes, you might just need an outsider to be strong for you, and give you permission to throw away that old vase you hate but just can’t part with!
Are you preparing to downsize your property? Do you have an impending move date? If you would like help with preparing your home for sale, please call us on 01244 313900. O better still, come into the office based at 18 Grosvenor street, CH1 2DD for a chat. We’ll be happy to help. And if you’re wanting more, here’s our recent blog about how you can maximise space in your home.