There’s something to be said about living life on a simpler scale, a concept that speaks to many people—from Millennials to Baby Boomers and more. As attractive of an idea as it may seem, however, downsizing can seem like an enormous task, especially for senior citizens and empty nesters who’ve spent years filling their homes with countless memories and—well, tons of stuff.
If you’re planning on downsizing to a smaller home, whether you’re moving from a large house to a retirement facility, or from a home in the suburbs to a city apartment, knowing how to declutter, sort, and organize can make the process a lot easier and less overwhelming. For a smooth and streamlined experience downsizing your home, we recommend following these downsizing home tips, brought to you by our team of moving experts at Mont-Rose Moving Systems.
- The Four Sorting Categories: Keep, Sell, Donate, Toss
If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have plenty of items in storage that you haven’t used or even looked at in years. If that’s the case, start where you keep most of these items. For most people, they’re in the garage, a multi-purpose room, or spare room closets.
While sorting through these items, organize the items into four piles: keep, sell, donate, and toss.While doing this,make an effort to let go of as many things as you possibly can. Store the items in boxes or plastic containers if you plan on keeping them, and make a goal to get the things you don’t want out of the house as quickly as possible.
- Use Apps for Quick, Convenient Selling (and Giving Away)
Gone are the days of organizing yard sales for getting rid of things you no longer want. Today, selling is faster and easier than ever before with apps like Offer Up,Posh Mark, and Letgo, among many more. You can also give items away for free on these apps, which is convenient for knick-knacks and other things you can’t sell.
Ad posting on these apps is extremely user-friendly, fast, and free. Just snap a picture of your item and have it listed in seconds, and you could start receiving chat messages with interested buyers in minutes. Make sure to arrange to meet in a safe, secure, public place when selling your items, like the parking lot of a busy store or the police station.
- Use a Storage Facility to Hold Items
For many of us, once we start getting rid of things we no longer use, it can be hard to stop. Getting rid of clutter can be extremely cathartic and strangely addictive, and it’s quite common for people to go overboard selling, donating, and giving things away.
It’s always helpful to have a storage space in a trusted facility where you can keep extra items you’re not ready to let go of just yet, or family heirlooms and other valuables you want to keep safe during your move to a smaller home. You can also place furniture or anything else you haven’t been able to sell before you move to avoid losing money on a fast sale.
For more tips on downsizing,family home relocation, or to ask about our state-of-the-art moving and storage solutions, don’t hesitate to let our team at Mont-Rose Moving Systems know. For more than twenty years, we’ve been serving the San Francisco Bay Area with exceptional relocation services and would be glad to speak with you about your upcoming move to a smaller home. To contact us, give us a call to speak with a representative right away, or fill out our online form to request a free, in-home pricing quote.