If all of your children have grown up and moved out or you have an elderly relative who is moving into a care home and the time has come to downsize your home, we have some advice on how to prepare. Whatever the circumstances, moving into a smaller property means decluttering the contents of your home. You will need to determine what you’ll need in the new property and what will fit in the space you’re presented with.
Moving house can be stressful enough as it is, but when it comes to moving into a smaller property with far less space for your belongings, the challenge presented is often even more daunting. Whether you are downsizing your own home or helping someone else to do so, it is never an easy task. So, if you are looking for where to start, we have created a guide to downsizing the family home.
Downsizing the Family Home
A compulsory part of downsizing will be to declutter the contents of your existing property. If you require further information on the best route to take when decluttering your home, then take a read of this previous article we wrote. It is best to start off the downsizing process by working out exactly how much space you’ll have in your new property. If you are moving from a four-bed house to a significantly smaller home with only two bedrooms, then there will be several big items of furniture that just won’t fit in the new house. For an in-depth, step by step process on how to go about downsizing your home, keep reading this article.
Calculate how much space you have
You need to start by taking a tour of the new property and working out exactly how much space you have to fill. If you want to know which items you can keep from your previous home, you need to make a plan of where everything will be placed in the new house. Don’t forget that your property may contain some of these additional storage spaces that are highly usable. This includes attics, garages, sheds, airing cupboards and under the bed storage. Knowing where handy places are to store your belongings will make the decluttering process a whole lot easier.
When you are looking around your new home, make sure to take accurate measurements so that you know whether or not large items of furniture, such as beds and wardrobes will still fit. It may also then be worth drawing up a floor plan and decide what items you can keep and where they will be homed. If you know that some of your more significantly sized pieces of furniture won’t fit in the new house, then this is a basis to start your decluttering process on.
Decluttering the contents of your home
Once you have worked out which of the big pieces of furniture will fit in the new house, you can make a plan for where they will go next. You might decide to opt for storage solutions in case you upgrade properties in the future. If you are looking for reliable and affordable Storage in Westminster, then get in touch with Davis & Mac today. However, if you know you’ll never use it again but the furniture is still in good condition, then it could be worth selling it. There are several great ways to sell unwanted household items including Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Gumtree and car boot sales. You can also offer these items to family and friends.
When it comes to decluttering the smaller household items in your home that are not worth as much, charity shops are always looking for donations. Clothing, shoes, curtains, light shades, working kitchen utensils and technological items are some ideas of what would be highly appreciated by your local charity shop. When you are sorting through the smaller items in your home, you need to work out how regularly you use it.
If an item has sentimental value to you, then it is worth taking extra time reflecting on the relevance and importance of it. You can always loan sentimental items to family and friends in case you ever want them back in the future. It is also worth asking yourself when decluttering, can you get by without it and how much would it cost you to replace it? These are beneficial questions to consider when sorting through the contents of your home and will hopefully help you to thoroughly get rid of any unnecessary items, keeping only the essentials.
Organising before moving day
Once you have successfully removed all unnecessary items from your home, either by taking them to charity shops, selling them, or using storage solutions, you can move everything into the new house. It is essential that you declutter entirely before your moving day. You can then organise what items you are taking with you into categorised boxes. Label the organised boxes in order of which room the contents will be going in to. This will not only help you out when it comes to unpacking but will benefit your removal company who will be unloading the vans. For professional removals in Chiswick, talk to a member of the Davis & Mac team today for a quote. For more advice on how to successfully prepare your household items for moving house, read this article we previously wrote.
Managing the clutter in the new home
You’ll find that once you have moved into your new home and everything now has a place, it can be easy for the clutter to accumulate again. It is important to keep the clutter under wraps and prevent the build-up of unnecessary items in your new home. By letting things get on top of you, you will only make a small home feel even smaller.
You can manage the clutter in your home through a few simple strategies. If you find yourself accumulating more clothes than you can store, then why not try selling them on Depop which will free up your wardrobes and earn you some extra money. When it comes to gadgets, books, DVD’s and toys; if you’re not using them regularly, then it is time to rehome them. These items take up useful storage space and shelving units that can be used to store essential items.
Hopefully, you have found the process we have suggested to be useful. If so, then please feel free to share it on your social media.