Downsizing is a common, and often complicated, process for many when relocating. (Photo Courtesy of Manuellea Irwin)

By Manuella Irwin, Guest Blogger

Many people consider downsizing when moving to a new home. This decision might be driven from the want to save money on the upcoming relocation, or from the fact that the new home will be smaller and all of the furniture won’t fit in. Business people who are offered career opportunities overseas often prefer to downsize instead of moving everything with them. Downsizing can be a very practical and cost-effective solution when moving if done properly. Let’s see some essentials that should be kept in mind in case you are downsizing due to moving.

 Cut Clutter & Organize

Downsizing is a common, and often complicated, process for many when relocating. (Photo Courtesy of Manuellea Irwin)

First, consider throwing away ‘forgotten’ and broken items that you have no intention to repair soon. You might be even surprised how much of trash you have accommodated during the years. Go through every room and every closet and assess things. We all have items of sentimental value and like to keep them, but besides them everything that is broken and you haven’t used for a year should go to garbage. After cutting the clutter, you can leap into the packing task. In your new home, organize your stuff so things employ room, but without interfering with the living space. Cutting clutter will not only help you organize your stuff, but you will reduce your moving costs as well. Movers charge per pound if the move is long distance and per hour rate if the move is local. In both cases, the less movers move the less you pay. To learn more about moving costs, you can fill in some free moving quotes online. Always research movers to make sure you will be choosing from the best moving companies.

Make a Garage Sale and Donate

Another cost-effective solution to put to use is making a garage sale. When assessing your stuff, separate items that are still usable, but don’t work for you anymore. You can donate them to local charity organization or sell them. You might even consider the help of Internet and sell items online.  First, invite relatives and friends to show them the items you consider selling or donating. There might be items that they would like to take. When organizing a garage sale, make sure that everybody in the neighborhood knows. You can even announce the sale on your social profiles. Before sale day arrange items well, put at one place clothes at another art or furniture etc. Put price tags and provide basic packing materials and bags for buyers.

Use Storage

Last but not least, consider using storage. If your new home cannot accommodate all of your stuff, look for storage facilities at the new location. Price is a factor, but don’t shop by price only. Consider safety standards, neighborhood, hours of operation, storage facility’s accessibility and proximity to your home. Sure you can find a lot of self-storage providers on the Internet, but it would be better if you could see some storage facilities before calling the shot. Make sure your items will be insured. Moreover, some items such as but not limited to electronics and arts need special conditions. You need to find a climate-controlled storage facility. Stale air creates the conditions for mildew to develop. When you are packing items that will be stored in a unit, write descriptive labels so you can find things fast. And, when arranging boxes and stuff in the unit, make sure that there will be enough space to walk and move in the storage unit and items will be easily accessed.


Author: Manuella Irwin is a relocation expert. She is one of the esteemed editors at

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