Downsizing Tips for a Stress Free Move

Laura and I are in the middle of downsizing, so this week’s blog is timely!!

Buying a new home can be extremely stressful. One of the biggest things to send you into anxiety overload is how to move all of your stuff. So what is the easiest way to transport it all? One way to make your move less miserable is downsizing. While it’s true that sorting, donating, and tossing stuff can be a headache itself, it is so worth it in the end. Although I have not purchased my first home yet, I have moved over fifteen times. Tired of moving everything I own,I learned to become less of a hoarder and more of a down-sizer.

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After doing some research, I find these six steps to be most effective in downsizing.

1. Consider your new space

Whether you are downsizing or upgrading your space, keep in mind what will and won’t fit. This includes style as well as size. If you aren’t willing to pay to store it, it probably isn’t worth keeping.

2. Dig through the closets

Consider following the “two-season rule” and donate/toss any clothing you haven’t worn in two seasons.

3. Sift through old electronics

Whether they’re old laptops, broken cellphones, or numerous micro-USB chargers, more than likely they are just taking up space. Instead of just throwing them away, check out an electronic recycling bin near you.

4. Sort, sort, sort

Go through each room in your house and create three piles of what you should keep, donate, or toss.

5. Create an “open first box”

The last thing you want to do your first night in your new home is sift through boxes to find your basic needs. Some things you may want to consider adding to this box is toilet paper, light bulbs, toiletries, basic cleaning supplies, and bed sheets. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to label each box to make unpacking a breeze.

Deciding whether or not you should sell, donate, give away, or throw away is stressful and time consuming. However, in the end, you will have less to sort through and move in your new home! For more tips on downsizing, visit http://lifehacker.com/how-to-downsize-your-home-without-losing-your-mind-523560358

-Kaylee Monteleone

 

 

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