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Blog Post Wednesday 07 February 2018

The Lowdown on Downsizing

The Lowdown on Downsizing

Downsizing is often a result of a change in circumstances. Whether the kids have left the house, you’ve chosen to live in the centre of the city, or you need a more affordable property for a while, moving to a smaller home can be a challenge. Here are some tips to make this process easier.

Start early

If you’ve made the decision to downsize, spend some time in advance thinking about what items you want to keep and how things will fit and be organised in a smaller place. This will help to mentally prepare you for the change as well, reducing stress when the actual day arrives.

Prioritise

Make a list of items that you absolutely need to keep (whether it be for sentimental reasons or practical reasons). Then go through your belongings and try to determine how likely it is you will need each item in your new, simpler life. Keep in mind that the less clutter you have, the more free you will feel. Humans are natural hoarders (though some are worse than others!), so if you’re having trouble prioritising, ask for an objective opinion from a family member or friend.

Be realistic

If you currently live in a 3 bedroom house and you’re moving into a 1 bedroom apartment, be realistic about how much furniture you are going to need to take with you and the storage space you’ll have.

Measure

Following on from the above, ensure you measure the pieces of furniture that you are going to take with you and firstly, make sure they are going to fit through the doors of your new property. Secondly, make sure they are going to fit in the rooms. Using a floorplan to draw things to scale can help with this too.

Be flexible

If you’re having trouble deciding on what to take with you or you’re not sure how long this arrangement will last, you can always rent a storage unit. This will give you the flexibility of really seeing whether you need certain items or if the new arrangement doesn’t work out, you’ll not have disposed of larger necessities.

Don’t toss it

When clearing items, try not to throw things out. Many things can be sold (try to auction off items of higher value) and some monetary value can be returned to you.

For items that you feel can’t be sold, you may be able to donate them (you’d be surprised as to what people might want or need). Some councils even have pickup days and more often than not, fellow neighbours snap up items before the council even arrives!

If after selling and donating, you’re still left with some things, see if there’s any chance you can recycle them. Again, your local council might be able to assist you in determining this.

Ask for help

Moving is always a difficult task and one that you should not have to tackle alone. The physical demands are obvious, but people often forget the mental and emotional stresses. In particular, downsizing can be a very emotionally exhausting exercise as decisions to let things go can be tough and adjusting to a more minimalist life (relative to what you may be used to) can be harder than you think. Contact a professional removalist like, who can help take the stress out of the process.

Reassess your bills

A fresh start is the perfect time to review everything from your insurance provider to your electric, gas and water provider. Now’s the time to see if you can get a better deal and switch to a company that suits your new home and lifestyle. Want the best energy deal when you move in? Find out more here.

In the end, you’ll no doubt come through your move with a greater appreciation of a more simple life and hopefully a greater outlook. Think of all the time you’ll save on cleaning and maintenance, and the savings you can save on your household bills!