Whether you’re moving to a smaller home because you’re an empty nester, retiring, or just want to, don’t let it scare you. You will have to say farewell to some of your belongings, of course, but with careful planning, your move will be simple!
- Get a feel for the size of your new home. Room sizes and layout are very important for planning purposes. Compare your new rooms to their counterparts in your present home. Create a floor plan and insert your furniture to see exactly what will fit.
- Reduce! At least four months before the move, start reducing by going through boxes of saved items, photographs and paperwork. Get through one box or area at a time and it will be done before you know it. If you want, you could have photographs stored on a memory card, USB, external drive or cloud server- this is a great way to reduce all those boxes of photo albums and loose pictures and negatives.
- Make a list of items that you cannot live without. If you did not need them or use them in the past 6 months, sell or donate. Going through each item in your home and adding it to a sell, donate, keep pile can help immensely. If there’s something you cannot live without, be sure to access your new storage areas and see where it will fit.
- Declutter your supplies. Be sure to get rid of empty cartons, bottles, expired medicines and beauty products that you don’t use. Anything that is unopened can be donated to a shelter (especially bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotions!). If it’s alredy opened, decide if you will use it now or toss it! No need to move things you’ll never use to another, smaller location.
- Ask for help. Ask your friends and relatives if they may need some of the things you are getting rid of or if they’ll help you load and take them to the nearest thrift shop or second hand store. Be sure to take them right away so that you do not change your mind on any of the items you decided you can live without.
- Sell online to save time. Check out Ebay, Craigslist, Wix, or in different Facebook groups or personal albums. There are lots of ways to cash-in on the treasures you aren’t taking with you.
- Be sure to get rid of duplicates in the kitchen like extra set of dishes, duplicate knives, silverware sets and utensils. After all, how many potato peelers or spatulas do you need?
- Label your boxes. This saves time and confusion when you’re packing, loading and unpacking. The more organized you are, the less stressful your move will be.
Are you ready to downsize your home? I can help find your new home. SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) I have been trained and I am in this age group, as well as an experienced empty nester. Call Donna at 401-935-8202 or email DonnaSilva@AlieshaNoonanAndAssoc.com