Bigger isn’t always better, and downsizing to a smaller place can help folks to declutter and simplify. Purging an old home before moving into a smaller place can be stressful, but a few strategies can streamline and expedite the process.
Create a System
Whether it’s in three months or three days, every downsize needs an organization strategy to determine what to purge or keep. An organizational method should provide a streamlined workflow that efficiently separates necessary items and clutter.
We like the 4 Ps method: photos, paperwork, perishables, and prescriptions. These items take up space and are tedious to sort, but can be easily discarded. Important photos and paperwork can be stored until there’s more time to organize.
A minimalist strategy can help identify necessary items and favorites in the home. Painter’s tape is an easy way to mark important items ahead of moving time, and spreadsheets can help keep things inventoried.
With strategy covered, it’s time for logistics. Depending on the type of space and items, it might be time to enlist professional services to help move heavy items, handle antiques, or deep clean. Digital calendars are a great way to schedule and organize services such as haulers, movers, cleaning services, and appraisers.
Downsizing usually requires fewer packing and moving supplies. A checklist can ensure the following supplies are kept on-hand:
- Trash bags
- Moving boxes
- Sticky notes
- Packing tape
- Storage bins
- Photo boxes
- Bankers box
- Bubble wrap