Although some people are looking at ways to downsize their home and their lifestyle, there are several reasons that others are looking to increase their living space. What about you? Are you wondering whether it's time to increase or decrease your living space?
If you're already planning a move, assess your needs now by considering the following:
If your family is growing or if you plan on a growing family, then upsizing into a larger home may help make life more comfortable.
Open flow space
Interestingly enough, even for retired couples or empty nesters, some people are simply looking for more open space. More space is ideal for dinner parties and other gatherings.
Out of Town Family / Friends
In some cases, homeowners have many family members or close friends who live far away. If you’re often serving as host to these guests, you and they may appreciate having an extra room or two when they visit.
Special Housing Situation / Need
If you’re looking for a specific housing need, then you may need to upsize as a result. Perhaps you need an office on the main floor – or maybe even an office with a separate entrance. Perhaps you’re looking for separate quarters for an aging parent or a live-in nanny. Due to health circumstances, many are looking for single-level living to eliminate stair usage.
Moving anyway? Assess your needs now
If you’re planning a move anyway, now would be a good time for you to take a serious look at what your wants and needs are for your new home.
However, don’t forget to consider how much you can really afford.
Declutter BEFORE Moving
Who wants to make moving more unpleasant than it sometimes can be? The answer is obviously “no one,” but many people make this mistake unintentionally.
Although some people hire a moving company to also pack their belongings, most people keep the packing task to themselves. If this is you, why pack more belongings than necessary? Use these tips to know what items to ditch before you make a home switch, whether it’s a local or long distance move.
THE TWO BIG QUESTIONS: WHAT? and HOW?
What are you going to eliminate? And how will you eliminate? Those are the questions!
What to Ditch
Most of us cling to our stuff because we’re sure something will come in handy sometime; or, of course, there are always those items that carry sentimental value. Our stuff is personal; your stuff is personal. And because it’s personal, only you can assign value in the end. Use these tips as simply guidelines to help you decide what to ditch and what to keep.
Determine the clothes that you don’t wear. It sounds simple enough, but too often we simply keep wearing the same clothes and yet our closets continue to feel like they’re bursting at the seams…because they are. Realize that your unworn clothes are taking up space and could be with someone else who really loves them.
A general rule of thumb for ditching clothes is this:
Consider ditching everything except special books or collector’s edition DVDs and move to digital copies. If you are committed to keeping your physical discs (audio, video), switch to a disc binder and ditch the cases. Some one else or another organization might appreciate the extra books and media.
MAKEUP and EXTRA TOILETRIES
Your stash of extra soaps and shampoos are generally easy and inexpensive to replace. Regarding your makeup, keep the essentials and toss any expired or undesired products.
TOWELS and LINENS
Place all of your kitchen utensils in a container. Then think back over the last month to the items that you used, and place only those items back in your drawer. Aside from seasonal kitchen utensils, you can likely ditch the rest.
Encourage your kids to donate what they don’t play with anymore. Moving forward, consider storing some toys in different boxes, switching out toys on a regular basis. This will possibly lessen the desire to continue to purchase new toys if “old” toys become “new again” toys every now and again.
How to Ditch
Aside from actually throwing away your stuff (and there will be likely be stuff that simply needs to find the trash), here are some other ways to ditch your items.
The cheapest way to sell is to use free online classifieds and social media.
Regardless of the online method you use, take the time to include clear photos and complete descriptions (size, dimensions, and condition) to eliminate long email or messaging exchanges.
Keep the items that you have listed in your garage to avoid having strangers enter your home. It’ll also be easier for buyers to pick up larger items.
ONE-SIDED "STUFF" SWAP WITH FRIENDS
Most of us dread the thought of a garage sale complete with organizing, pricing, managing the sale, price haggling, and the like.
However, it's always fun to have an excuse to get together with friends, so consider inviting your friends over for a one-sided clothing/furniture/kitchen swap. Have friends come over to look through the items you've set aside to ditch. Your friends will be grateful, and you'll have less items to move.
And the good news: you don't need to set up and price any items!
Even if you choose to sell some items first, take whatever is left to a donation center. You could also consider marking down certain sale items to FREE, especially to avoid hauling larger items to a donation center.
We Can Help
Most people consider the packing and unpacking to be the worst parts of moving. Cluttered boxes can be discouraging, so use these tips to move fewer things and to reduce your stress.
Kearney Moving Service is a full-service moving company. Hire us to do your packing for you!
Article adapted from the article "Packing for Your Move: Eliminating the Clutter" from wheatonworldwide.com.