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Tips for Downsizing Before You Move to a New Home

Moving items you don’t use or need doesn’t make sense. Before the moving truck arrives, take some time to downsize those unnecessary items. Doing so will save you time and money and give you the opportunity for a fresh start after your residential move.

Begin with Items You Use the Least

To start, scout through the areas of the home you rarely access. Check out places like crawl spaces, attics, sheds, garages, and the backs of closets. Most people tend to box up and store excess clothing, shoes, books, linens, and meaningless knickknacks and stash them. Go through these and set aside any belongings you don’t want to bring with you. This way, you avoid packing them.

Use Up Consumable Items

If you’re like many people, you do some of your shopping in bulk. While these stores offer some savings, there are some drawbacks. It’s common for people to end up stowing excess supplies and non-perishable foods. Once you have a plan to move, start using these items.

  • Paper goods, including toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, plates, and cups.
  • Canned and jarred items.
  • Soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions.
  • Household cleaners.
  • Condiments.

Using up these items, at worst, eliminates a few boxes and, at best, considerably reduces the bulk you need to bring.

Throw Out Items Past Expiration Date

As you sort through your pantry and cabinets throughout the house, watch for items past their expiration date, like food, OTC medications, prescription medications, and other items. Properly discard them so you spend less time packing items you can’t or shouldn’t use.

Stop Buying New Things

Make a pact with yourself not to buy anything new until you settle into your new home so you’re not accumulating more items to pack if you find things you want to purchase, bookmark links to them, or save them for later in your online shopping cart. If you still want them, you can buy them once you’re all done moving. If you don’t, you’ll avoid spending money on items you didn’t want anyway.

Consider Your Furniture

Carefully consider the furniture you want to earmark for moving. You don’t want to waste money and resources moving pieces you don’t want or can’t use anymore.

  • Carefully measure your new place to make sure your furniture items fit.
  • Plan to donate pieces you don’t care much about.
  • Consider each item’s worth and whether it’s more cost-effective to leave them behind and get new ones.

Furniture is large, heavy, and bulky, so it costs more to move and may not look right in your new place. Doing a thorough evaluation of your furniture is an excellent strategy if you want to downsize. Plus, new furniture allows you to redecorate.

Convenient Relocation!

There are many smart reasons to downsize before your move. You avoid spending money to relocate items you don’t care about, eliminate the task of unpacking extra boxes, and remove excess clutter in your new home.

Are you ready to plan your move? Our professional movers are highly skilled in giving you a seamless moving experience. Contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions you have. We also provide free quotes!



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