Here at Conservatory At Alden Bridge, we understand that it can be challenging for you to downsize. Downsizing signals a new phase in life, so it’s perfectly normal for you to feel overwhelmed, intimidated, and anxious. However, downsizing can be an easy and straightforward process for you and does not necessarily conjure up negative feelings. In this article, we have provided a few tips and tricks to allow you to downsize easily, alongside a checklist to downsize efficiently.
In order to ensure that the downsizing process goes smoothly as possible, you can follow this checklist as a guideline. Listed below are the steps:
- Get the Big Decisions Out of the Way
Proper planning can save you a lot of time and prevent potential issues from occurring during the downsizing. Start with establishing the move-in date. This date should be reasonable, yet motivates you to complete the tasks before the deadline. This is also the stage where you should prioritize which items you can’t live without, making it easier for them to sort out their clutter later on. If there are many pieces of furniture and objects to move, you can consider hiring a professional mover.
- Throw Out Unwanted Items
You know what they say: your trash is someone’s treasure. Items still in good condition can be sold in a garage sale or donated to a charity. It always feels good to know that there is someone out there who would better treasure these items. For items that are no longer working or are in mint condition, we recommend recycling them.
- Pack Efficiently
If you’re not bringing along a professional mover, it’s important to make sure the items and pieces of furniture are well-packed and do not get damaged during the moving process. Some ways you can ensure that the objects are packed securely are by getting your hands on sturdy boxes, labeling each box clearly, and bubble wrapping any delicate or fragile items such as vases and mirrors.
Tips for Downsizing
Here are some tips for you to feel more prepared for downsizing, including the following:
- Plan Early
We cannot stress this enough. In general, everything can be solved better when it’s planned early. This goes for downsizing as well. By planning early, you can feel more mentally prepared and have a better idea of what items to bring. You will also have more time to part with sentimental items. Getting rushed into a decision is never desirable as it puts added pressure on you, which makes you more anxious and stressed.
- Start in Small Areas
Suppose you have many possessions or live in a large house. In that case, we recommend downsizing in small areas, emphasizing the problem areas, which are typically the attic, closet, and office. This ensures that you’re getting the harder areas with the most clutter out of the way, clearing your mind and allowing you to get used to the idea of downsizing. Working in sections is also more organizational and prevents huge mistakes from happening.