For better or for worse, downsizing continues to be a fact of life for families across the Phoenix, AZ metro area. Whether you’re facing a major change in life that is forcing you to cut back and make adjustments, or whether you’re at a stage in life when you just don’t need as much as before, downsizing can actually be a refreshing new start.
Ask anyone who has downsized before and they’ll tell you…it’s not so easy! Making decisions about what stays and goes can lead to stress, sadness and even anger. One person’s treasure might literally be considered trash by someone else.
We’ve put together some helpful hints and tips for downsizing that might make some decisions easier and help you avoid a fight.
Start Early – Some people know that downsizing is coming down the road, which gives them an advantage. Now they have time to sort through their possessions and make careful decisions about what’s important and what isn’t. Others may not have that luxury. They may be under the gun to downsize immediately. We suggest you start as early as possible when it comes to deciding what stays and what goes. You’ll feel better about your decisions in the long run. Jones also provides temporary storage for their customers, so your moving process can be seamless and not overwhelming.
Room by Room – Take it one room at a time. Start with one room – take a look at everything that is in it and consider where those items will end up at your new home. This will help you put things into perspective. If you realize that all of the items in your current room won’t fit in a comparable room at your future home, you have some letting go to do.
Get Rid of Clutter – Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of having clutter in at least one space in our homes. Clutter might be one of the easiest things to let go of when downsizing. If you’ve held onto something for years hoping that you’ll someday have the time to really give it the attention it needs, downsizing is the perfect time to let that item go. The last thing you want to do when downsizing is bring clutter along for the ride. If you are planning on getting rid of any items, Jones Moving and Storage will also pick up your items to be donated, so that you will not have to worry about the extra stress of finding how to properly donate your unwanted items.
Identify What’s Most Important – It’s understandable that parting with certain items like furniture, dishes and antiques can be challenging. Stop and ask yourself what is most important in your life. This might be a good time to break out a pen and paper and make a list. When you can truly identify what is most important, you’ll find it easier to let things go that just aren’t.
Consider the Move – This is especially appropriate in long distance moves. As you look around your current home, think about what things you actually want to prepare for moving. What things do you trust will make it to your new home safely? Do you need a lawnmower if you’re moving to a house with desert landscaping? Will the heavy winter coats become clutter if you’re moving to the southwest? Now that kids have moved out, do we need to lug that old sectional across town?
Hopefully, downsizing can be a liberating experience that helps you focus on what’s most important in life. If you ever have concerns about how to safely transport a valuable item or the best way to prepare items for a long move, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.