Tips for How to Downsize Before a Move from Master Movers in Portland, Oregon

How to Downsize Before a Move

You’ve decided to move, so now comes the time-consuming process of going through your belongings and deciding which things to keep and which things to discard.  

If you are moving into a smaller space, you’ll need to downsize. That can be a little bit tricky. You may have furniture and other items that you like, but that are simply too big for your new home.

How to Downsize Before a Move

The key to moving into smaller quarters is to take a deep breath and declutter before the move. Here’s what you need to know:

Tip #1: Take inventory

Taking stock of your stuff is the first and most important step. Go through your home, room by room. Decide which items are important to you, and which things you no longer value.

Think about the space in your new place and sell furniture that’s too big. Later, you can buy smaller versions that better fit your space.

Make a list of must-haves and things you no longer want or need. Then, start sorting. Make separate piles for donation, selling and throwing away.

Tip #2: Make a little money with a garage sale

Garage sales can be a lot of work, but they can put a nice pile of cash in your pocket. Once you set aside unwanted items, join forces with your neighbors or friends and have a yard or garage sale. The benefit is two-fold: you’ll have less stuff at the end of the sale, and the money you earn can go toward moving costs. Donate things you don’t sell, or sell them online or in a consignment store.

Tip #3: Hire a mover

Once you have downsized, you’re ready to move. With fewer belongings, the move will be easier and more economical. Hire a professional mover to pack and transport your belongings. After all the work of decluttering, selling and donating, you deserve a break. Let us help.

Tip #4: Stay organized

When you move to a smaller home, you may need to get creative with storage even after decluttering. Make the most of your house’s vertical space by installing shelves on walls and in closets. Use furniture that doubles as storage, such as ottomans, trunks and area tables with drawers.

Moving to a smaller space is a great motivator to declutter and get rid of unnecessary items. Nearly everyone has belongings that are little more than dust collectors.  Get rid of them and make the most of your cozy new home by filling it with only things you love.

Master Movers is a full-service moving service that can help you pack, move, store and unpack. Contact us today.