Tips to help you move to a smaller place (downsizing)
Are you downsizing and unsure about where to start? Moving to a smaller space is no easy undertaking and involves a good deal of time and preparation. Here are a few tips for achieving a successful move, for yourself or for a loved one.
- Start preparing several months in advance. In this way, you will psychologically get used to the idea of moving. When the time comes, the whole process will seem easier because you will have had the time to prepare, both mentally and physically.
- Start by tackling the rooms of the house that you use the least (basement, laundry room, etc.). Often the objects that get the least amount of use are found in these rooms. It will be easier for you to dispose of them.
- Before giving away or selling an object that is meaningful to you, ask yourself whether you will be upset at losing it.
- Quickly give away the objects that you don’t want to keep. Once a box of items is ready, get rid of it! That way you will have a feeling of making progress, and will not be surrounded by boxes getting in the way.
- To make it easier to decide what to keep and what to dispose of, you must evaluate your needs. To that end, you must consider your daily routine and your activities. Once you analyze your lifestyle, you will automatically eliminate certain objects.
- Before you pack an item, ask yourself whether it will be useful to you in your new home. If you haven’t used your food processor in two years, perhaps you should consider getting rid of it. The basic rule is simple: if you haven’t used an item in more than a year, you should seriously question its usefulness.
- Don’t try to do everything all at once. Two hours per day are enough time to make wise decisions.
- Once you have found your condo or seniors’ residence, visit it and measure the available space, and determine the number of cupboards and closets. If you can, draw up a detailed floor plan and draw the furniture on it. This will make it easier to arrange everything on moving day.
- Before D Day, stock up on boxes and packing paper. Try to use boxes that are not too heavy, so that they can be moved easily.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Many companies offer services to help you organize a move.For a few hundred dollars, a professional will help you with every step of your move. Whether you are retired, elderly, divorced or simply short of time, you will have peace of mind.
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