Are you planning to downsize your house to fit into an apartment? There are a few things you’ll need to know to make it successful and easy.
How to Downsize Your House
While you may be accustomed to living in a house, downsizing and moving into an apartment may save you money in the long run. And you may love having less to take care of. So let’s get you on your way as soon as possible.
Start as Soon as Possible
Start to downsize your house as soon as possible to give yourself time to sort through your home without feeling overwhelmed. The general rule of thumb is to start three months before you plan to move. But honestly, the sooner, the better so you can get organized.
Getting organized is your best bet when planning to downsize your home to fit into an apartment. Use this checklist to plan.
- Know what style and size apartment you’re moving into.
- Measure the furniture you plan to take.
- Prioritize multi-functional pieces (especially in smaller apartments.
- Evaluate what clothing you want to keep and get rid of.
- Sort through all your books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items.
- Consider any included amenities in your new community.
Once you have some organization, it’s time to move forward preparing for your new space.
Measure Your New Space
To plan properly, you’ll need to know the size of the space you’re aiming to fit into. Ideally, you’ll know the measurements and shape of each room in your new place. But if not, you can still estimate based on your desired apartment size.
Focus on One Room at a Time
The thought of decluttering your whole house can be a daunting task. Take it one step at a time to stay on track and not get overwhelmed. Break it into small, manageable parts by focusing on one room at a time. Only keep the items that will fit your new lifestyle.
Consider Your New Lifestyle
Consider your new lifestyle and if an item will fit into your new space. Try asking yourself:
- Why are you downsizing?
- What excites you most about the downsizing process?
- How will downsizing create new opportunities for you?
- Are there any new activities or hobbies you’re eager to explore?
- Does downsizing make you nervous?
- What steps can you take to help alleviate the nerves?
Setting goals and intentions ahead of time will help you understand what items will fit into your new lifestyle.
Set Clear Decluttering Ground Rules
Decide on decluttering ground rules when sorting your items. Decide what to keep, donate or sell, trash or recycle, and what sentimental items to pass to friends or family.
Divide Up Sentimental Items
Sentimental items can be the hardest part of downsizing. But dividing your precious treasure among the people you love can help. Reach out to the friends and family you’d like to give them to and arrange for pickup.
Sell or Donate Unwanted Items
For those nonsentimental items, you don’t plan to take with you, consider having a garage sale or donate them locally.
Bring in Help to Downsize Your House
Buying and selling a home can be a lot to handle. If you feel like downsizing is above your ability, or don’t have time, bring in some help. Maybe ask that friend or family member who is a whiz at organizing. Or hire a professional organizer. It may be well worth your money.
Are you planning to downsize your house to fit into an apartment? Do you need packing or moving help and live in Northwest Arkansas? Contact the professionals at RL Maxon Moving today for a FREE estimate. 479.756.0850