1. Start Early
A lifetime of belongings takes more than a day or two to sort. Many items come with memories, making it hard to part with things that remind you of something or someone special. As this is hard work and requires plenty of time to complete, start 6 to 12 months before your moving date, and have an objective person assist you with deciding whether or not you truly need to keep an item when transitioning to a smaller space. Sort things by category, gifting special treasures to family members or friends, sell items in an estate sale or online auction, or donate to a local charity and receive a tax donation.
2. Make Lists
It’s hard to remember all the small details of your move, so get these thoughts down on paper. Keep this information in a large manila envelope to refer back to later. This also helps the movers be prepared with all the necessary information about your former home as well as the new home.
3. Create a Floor Plan
Use measurements of your new home’s rooms and spaces to determine what furniture items you want to keep and move.
4. Determine Your New Needs
Will you need one mixing bowl or five, eight bath towels or four? When moving to a much smaller space these things DO matter. What gives you the most function? Will you be hosting large holiday dinners where you need that 12-piece Christmas china set? Or will you likely celebrate at a family member or friend’s home? Living with less can be liberating!
5. Stay Positive
Do the best you can to anticipate your new lifestyle. This is often an emotional time as you reflect on your life and sift through your treasures. Find a way to celebrate and enjoy this experience. Focus on the new home you are creating, and the special things you want to take with you.