Downsizing is becoming increasingly popular and for many reasons, some want to downsize so that they can have a little extra money for their retirement, some may be down to relationship breakups, while others no longer need such a large home once their children have left. For others, it may be mobility issues that prompt the move. Downsizing often means having to part with things that you love and may have had for a long time, this can be the hardest part of the process.
Some people find downsizing quite stressful and difficult emotionally to leave a property you may have lived in for many years and have great memories there is extremely difficult and a big upheaval, others are excited and looking forward to new beginnings and opportunities.
How to make your downsize move easier
When you have made the decision to downsize your home and decided on the property or the type of property you are looking for, then you will need to decide which items you will definitely keep and which items you should dispose of, this might include furniture if your furniture is too large for your new property. It’s often best to start with making a list of the items that you really can’t be without whether that’s for practical or sentimental reasons.
Decluttering can be a difficult part of the project, we recommend starting with one room at a time, don’t forget the garage, loft and shed, and any other storage places you might have. One idea is to use the 1 year rule, that is if you have not worn or used the item for more than twelve months you should get rid of it. Carefully work a room at a time setting aside items to be sold, donated, recycled, disposed of, or given away. You may also wish to create a “not sure” section, which you can revisit, but be careful with this as it can be very tempting to put a lot of things into this section and you don’t really make any progress.
While you are cleaning and sorting through everything you should allow yourself time to reminisce and look through things especially photos, collections, and mementos. Starting early allows you time to do this and consider your choices.
Once you have finished sorting, your hard work is done and your removals company will take over, they should be able to give you a quote for your removal and provide help, support, and advice.
We have helped lots of people through the process and are always on hand to help and offer advice. Get in touch with our team today if you have any questions, we are there to support you at every stage of the process.