Moving, in general, can lead to stress, but downsizing offers a whole new set of problems that moving into a larger or similar size space doesn’t present. Many people downsize for a variety of reasons – some decide to tackle debt and want reduced rent, others move in with significant others, and some want less house to take care of after the kids move out. Whether the move is temporary or long-term, there are a variety of ways to make sure your move is a breeze. But, before you pack everything up and try to make it fit into your new space, here are a few things to do.
The first step in downsizing is taking inventory.
Taking inventory of what you have will help you determine what to keep and what to get rid of later on. If you are moving in with another person, consider sharing lists to see what you will have duplicates of. Larger items like couches, appliances, beds are all great items to mark on your inventory list. However, consider other items such as pots and pans, athletic equipment, electronics, and out of season clothing items that may need to be stored while not in use.
Next, determine if you want to give it away or sell it.
If you are getting rid of items you no longer want or need, consider selling items on the Facebook Marketplace or other apps like OfferUp – extra cash on hand during a move is always a great idea. For the more adventurous at heart, consider getting together with neighbors for a community-wide yard sale that will attract a lot of foot traffic to your neighborhood.
For items that do not sell, consider donating to a local youth or women’s shelter or other charity of your choice. For items that cannot be sold or donated, consider using a service that hauls junk away.
Lastly, take time to explore a variety of storage solutions.
After you have determined what you need to get rid of and what you need to keep, the next step in downsizing is to determine your storage solution needs. Whether it be short-term or long-term, Fox Moving has climate-controlled storage space and a secure warehouse that is the perfect fit for large and small storage solutions. You can rest easy knowing your belongings will be safe, organized and itemized by our team of trained professionals.
Additionally, we make the process of storage easy by picking up your items, making a detailed inventory, and quilt padding your belongings before loading them into our trucks. Then we move everything into our storage facility and into safe, secure vaults, where you can store your items for days, weeks, or years – as long as you need!