Moving into a new place can be a great opportunity to clear out all those things you no longer use or really need. And if you’re downsizing, it’s a necessity to make sure what you have fits your new space. So if you’re wondering how to downsize your home quickly, we’ve got you covered with these top tips to get you packing.
Plan and measure
If you’re trying to figure out how to downsize when moving, the important first step is to get a clear idea of how your new home compares to where you live now. Think about both the number and size of the rooms in your new home compared to your current one. And it’s a good idea to get out the tape measure so you can see exactly how much smaller any new rooms might be. Also measure the big items of your furniture to give you an idea of how they might fit in your new home and how much space will be left over – especially if you’ll be combining two rooms into one. Certain items like lounges may not fit into your new space, so it’s always good to check. It will help give you a really good sense of exactly how much you need to cut down on to fit into your new space.
Rethink where things go
To make the best use of the space in your new home, don’t be afraid to get creative with your furniture – especially if you’ll have less rooms to fill. That sideboard next to your dining table might work better in the hallway in your new home. That big bookshelf in the spare bedroom you’ll no longer have might work in the living room. Or place your large kitchen table and other bulky items in storage if this move isn’t a permanent on.
Storage, storage, storage
Finding a home for everything is the key to moving seamlessly into a new space. Plan out what goes where ahead of moving in, and invest in some new storage if necessary. Think vertically. Use as much wall space as possible. And don’t forget all those empty spaces, such as under beds and on top of wardrobes, are hidden storage gold. Make the most out of every available space.
And if you know that you simply aren’t going to fit it all, consider putting some of your lesser-used items into storage. You never know when your circumstance will change, and you need to access your precious goods. We can bring our storage modules to you and even pack the module for you. It’s a good way to downsize while holding onto the things you love.
Declutter every room
Of course, the less you have, the easier it is to move. So, don’t forget to declutter before you move. Think more than just piles of paper work and old clothes. Now’s a great time to tackle those forgotten kitchen cupboards and bathroom cabinets. And do you really need to take that box in the back of the wardrobe marked ‘miscellaneous’ that’s never been unpacked since the last time you moved?
Donate from the heart
Decluttering doesn’t just mean filling up garbage bags. Donate and recycle as much as you can. It’s a better feeling to re-home an object than it is to add to a rubbish pile. So it makes it easier to be more ruthless about deciding what to keep and what can go, because you know it’s going to have a second life. And if something’s particularly sentimental but you know it’s really not worth keeping in your life, find a special home for it. Give away what you can to friends and family who might appreciate it.
If you’ve got boxes of photos, videos or music lying around, make the most of space-saving technology and digitise them. An entire wall of photo albums can fit on a thumb drive. Upload them to the cloud so you’ll never lose them and enjoy being able to access them anywhere at anytime.
Work with your smaller space
Now you’ve got an idea of how to downsize your home quickly, the last (and most important) thing you need to do after you downsize is adjust to your smaller space. Embrace using your home smartly and efficiently. Keep everything in its place and enjoy a clutter-free home.
And if things are piling up again, or there are just some things you can’t find a home for but want to keep, consider self storage as an option. And with mobile storage, it’s easier than ever because we bring the storage to you. Talk to us today to find the right mobile storage solution for you.