Moving house is never easy – we need to plan the whole process, there are plenty of things to purchase and we even end up paying additional fees for all sorts of issues during the moving day.
To top that up, moving is not always our own choice. Many people need to downsize, i.e. move to a smaller place. The reasons are various – they can’t afford the pay their current rent, their children have moved out, or they can’t pay the taxes or maintenance fees of a big house. Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a true nightmare for every family.
When you’ve been living for a few years in a place which could accommodate all your belongings easily, you tend to get attached to things and keep them for years. You don’t even sit and ask yourself: Do I need this? When you have all the space you need, you simply buy and store more. In order to move to a smaller place there is a lot of planning and thinking to be done.
If you live alone, this should be an easier task, but if you need to explain the situation to children too, it can be a bit harder. The first thing to do is have the exact layout of your new house or flat, with all the measurements and details. This is a must when you start planning what you can afford to move and what you need to replace or simply leave behind.
It’s best to deal room by room and you will quickly see how much easier the process gets. Go to the kitchen and take the inventory, then compare the sizes of your current kitchen and the new one? Do you see much difference? Would there be space for a big table and four chairs? If not, then you need to consider your options. Maybe your family can only eat in the living room, or you can buy a small kitchen table, if you think that you can’t go without one. Continue with the living room – if you are downsizing then your future living room will probably be much smaller.
Think of the positioning of the bigger pieces: sofa, armchairs, cupboards, TV. If you need to downsize the cupboard with shelves, maybe you will also need to give some of your books for storage. Try to be reasonable and realistic – even if you don’t want to part with your belongings, you will need to. Identify which items you can throw away straight away – old items, damaged and unwanted ones. It’s best to deal with these too before your proceed with things you really love and feel attached to.
Consider that it may take you weeks to go through everything and think of the new layout in full detail. An easy way to change some furniture is by selling the old pieces and buying new ones – you may have to spend a bit more, but if you buy smaller furniture pieces, which match the size of your new home better, it won’t be that expensive. Think of where to store all the additional items you won’t be able to put in your new home: self-storage, garage, garden shed or basement? Try to see the new home as an opportunity to start fresh and have a simpler and cleaner design at home. The minimalistic style is extremely popular in architecture and interior design – your home might even look better than the old one.