Residential moving can be hard. If you are planning on moving to a smaller home, everything from your current home is not going to fit into your new home. Here are three things that you can do before you move into your new home to assist with the downsizing process.
#1 Get A Floor Plan Of Your New Space
The first thing you need to do is obtain a floorplan of your new space. You should get a floor plan of your old space as well. This will allow you to visually see the different in size and space that you have in your new, smaller home. It will also allow you to see which areas are actually smaller.
For example, if the master bedroom is a hundred square feet and your current bedroom is a hundred square feet, you do not necessarily need to downsize your bedroom. You just need to make sure that your furniture will fit in the new layout.
Or, if the kitchen is fifty square feet smaller than your current kitchen, you may need to go through all of your kitchen goods and reduce the amount of items that you plan on transporting to your new house.
Looking at a floorplan will allow you to see which rooms actually have less square footage and will allow you to selectively figure out which rooms need to focus on downsizing.
#2 Space Out The Downsizing Process
Using the information you gained by comparing the two blueprints, of your old larger home and your small newer home, you can then start the downsizing process. Do not try to do this all at once. Instead, work one room at a time and focus first on determine what furniture you want to keep and then go through the smaller items in each room.
Going through your house and downsizing can be a time consuming and emotional process, so do not make yourself do this all at once. Instead, give yourself some time to downsize and go through everything. Work on one room in your house for a day or two before moving onto the next room.
#3 Label Things Where They Go In Your New House
When you get down to the packing, make sure that when you label what room the items should go into, that you are labeling the boxes based on which room in your new, smaller house the boxes should be placed. Do not label them based on your current layout. This will make it easier to unpack and will lessen the decisions you have to make about what goes where when you get to your new, smaller home.