5 Tips for Downsizing

As self-sufficient living gains more popularity, homeowners and first-time home buyers look into downsizing from their current lifestyles by moving into smaller homes.  Moving can be challenging for just about anyone, but when you are downsizing, it can become even more difficult. Seniors, empty nesters, or those who are in search of a simpler lifestyle often struggle with downsizing before they make their move to the new home. It is important to be prepared and to know how to begin the process. Learn more about how to properly downsize before your move with these 5 helpful tips.

  1. Brainstorm a Game Plan

If you are ready to tackle this process head on, the first step is to plan ahead in order to make the transition as easy as possible. It is important to make educated decisions, make a schedule of when things need to be completed, and inform everyone that will be involved in your move.

  1. Take Inventory

To begin the downsizing process, it is important to take inventory of all the items in your home. After you complete the inventory, prioritize the items that are most important to you and those that can be donated, sold, and/or disposed.  As you begin to get rid of items, be sure to cross them off your inventory list. Make a note if you think an item needs to be replaced.

  1. Understand your Needs

While you may be downsizing to a smaller space, you still have needs as a family. It is important to establish your lifestyle needs and to find a home that suits all of your family members. During the move process, be sure to keep the items that you feel will fit your needs the best.

  1. De-Clutter

The de-cluttering process is the most important step in downsizing. Once your needs have been established, you can purge all the items in your home that will not fit into your new lifestyle. Consider having a garage sale or donating unwanted items.  Research smart storage options that will fit in your new space, so the new home stays organized and your everyday items will be easy to find.

  1. Quality Over Quantity

During the de-cluttering process, it can be difficult to part with certain items. It is important to remember that when it comes to downsizing, quality is more important than quantity. Keep items that have meaning and will be useful to you in your new lifestyle.

At Fry-Wagner, we encounter many customers who are looking to downsize to a smaller home. It is important to be prepared, know your needs, and keep the items that will be most useful to you in your new home. For more information on moving, or to schedule a free in-home estimate, contact us today!