There comes a time in most homeowner’s lives when downsizing just makes sense.

Whether it’s a matter of costs, convenience, or a new stage in life, downsizing can provide a more manageable living space that better reflects your lifestyle and needs.

Here’s how to make a smooth transition when you are downsizing:
1. Start Decluttering in Advance

No one wants to feel rushed when they are trying to sell a home and move into a new space. To take a bit of the stress off, start the cleaning and decluttering process a few months before you are looking to move. That way, by the time you have your new keys in hand, you’ll be ready to go.

2. Can vs Can’t Live Without

Sort through your belongings–including furniture, clothing, decor, books, and collectibles–to determine which items you can part with. Since you are moving into a smaller space, this step is necessary to live comfortably and happily in your new home.

3. Your Storage Options

Make the most of your new home by maximizing the space. This can be done by investing in multi-functional furniture with storage compartments. If you have some larger furniture pieces that might not fit in your new home, or some belongings that take up space but aren’t used very often, consider renting a storage unit or having a friend or family member store it for you.

4. Choosing the Right Furniture

Measure out your new space beforehand to make sure the furniture you’re bringing will fit through the door and work in your new home. If you are downsizing to a condo, there are plenty of furniture stores that specialize in multi-functional, condo appropriate pieces.

5. Call In the Professionals

If the thought of cleaning, decluttering, and preparing for a move seems a bit overwhelming, then enlisting the help of professionals is a fantastic idea. I can connect you with some local services that will help you get the job done.

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