26 May 5 Tips for Downsizing During a Move
Moving is a great time to downsize on the amount of stuff in your home. If you’re looking for a simpler life – or simply want to save money on your move – consider downsizing. While you’re packing, you’ll probably find loads of stuff you’ve forgotten you’ve even had – especially if you’ve been in your home for more than a few years. Since the best Mission Viejo movers charge by weight, you’ll save money if you have less stuff to move, too!
But how do you go about downsizing during the moving process? Here are our top five tips:
1.Talk to your mover
First, you should talk to the mover you’ve decided to hire. Some of the best Mission Viejo moving companies have programs where they’ll actually donate unwanted goods during the moving process. This can save you a step. If this isn’t an option, ask if they know any local charities who pick up donated goods. This can save you a huge step during the process!
2. Go room by room
It’s essential that you start downsizing in a methodical way. Otherwise you’re likely to get overwhelmed, or to not even get to some of the items you want to get rid of before moving day. While there are different options to keep things organized, the best is probably just to go room by room.
If you have to, make a schedule that starts a few weeks before your move. Tackle one or two rooms a week, to make sure you’ve got plenty of time to make good choices in each room. Then, stick to your schedule. It’ll be well worth your while in the end!
3. Make three piles
As you sort through each room in your home, make three piles – yes, maybe, and no. The yes pile should be full of things you definitely want to keep. These should be items that you use on a regular basis, or that have some serious sentimental value. The maybe pile should include items you’ve used at least within the past six months, or that have some sentimental value. The no pile should include items you don’t like, haven’t used within a year, or just have no relevance to your life currently.
Immediately, you can bag up the no pile to go into a designated donation area. Then, you can box up the yes pile to go into a designated “to the new house” area. You’ll then have to take more time to sort through that middle pile, which is probably going to be the largest one in most room.
4. Take your time
When sorting through that “maybe” pile in any given room, take your time. It can be hard to decide whether to keep or get rid of items that you might need or sort of like. But as you’re going through this process, ask yourself a few questions about the items in the pile:
- Do I use this item regularly? When was the last time I used this item?
- Do I really like this item? For clothes, does it fit properly?
- Where would this item go in my new home? Can I picture it there?
- What would my life look like if I didn’t have this item? Would it change at all?
- How do I feel when I’m wearing, looking at, or using this item? Does it give me joy and happiness? Or is it just sort of there?
As you can see, going through these questions, even mentally, can take some time. But working through issues like these can help you whittle down your “stuff” to items that really work for you and your life.
5. Don’t look back
Once you’ve gone through this process, you might be amazed at how much stuff you offload. Whether you donate it or sell it in a garage sale, you could get rid of loads of things. And once you get to this place, you may find that you don’t want to go back to your old way of too much stuff. To stay in this great place of streamlined belongings, implement a “one in, one out” rule. Every time you buy something new, you have to get rid of something else.
There’s never a better time to downsize on your household goods, clothes, knickknacks, and other items than when you’re moving. So before the best Mission Viejo movers get started packing your stuff, take these five steps to downsize.