Moving to a smaller home, especially from the larger one you’ve lived in for a number of years, can be stressful. But in many ways, eliminating clutter and starting fresh can be extremely therapeutic too. Here are some tips to ease some of the stress of downsizing:
1. Determine your essentials. You might feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the move, but making a list of the bare-bones essentials for your new place will give you a tangible guideline of what you should keep versus what to bid farewell to.
2. Give yourself time. Months before you know you’ll be moving, tackle one room at a time and start purging — throwing out or donating the things you know won’t fit or be used in your new place.
3. Get some help. Whether it’s trusted friends and relatives or a professional organizer, bouncing “should I keep this or let it go” decisions off someone else can be reassuring.
4. Consider storage. Ideally you’ll either pack up or get rid of everything you don’t need before your move, but if moving day is almost here and you still have some possessions with a big question mark on them — perhaps items with sentimental value — you may want to secure an affordable, short-term storage unit to house them in until after your move, when you have time to think it through.
Remember that your real estate sales representative has been through this process many times, and is therefore an excellent resource for all your packing and moving questions.