All you need to know about moving to a smaller home
A lot of people think that moving to a smaller home is a bad thing. They feel that they need all the space that can get and that moving into a smaller one is bound to make their lives feel cramped and stuffy. Well, this can happen sometimes. We are creatures of habit. If you are used to living in a large home, you will suffer by moving into a smaller one if you don’t change anything in your life. But, that is the catch. By preparing properly and by making certain alterations, moving to a smaller house can be a great thing. Even living in smaller condos can be great if you prepare and organize properly.
So, to make moving into a smaller living space more viable to you, let’s take a look at what it is going to be like. That way you will know how to prepare and how to make the most out of your new home.
Before we start tackling moving preparations and packing, we need to talk about downsizing. In order to make living in a smaller home viable, you will need to downsize. After all, if you simply move all of your current possessions to a smaller place, you are bound to clutter it. Now, some of you may feel that you need all of your items. That you have a clear idea of what is essential, and that you cannot possibly get rid of anything. Well, in 99% of the cases, you’ll be wrong. Most people don’t even realize how cluttered their living spaces are and how difficult their lives are because of it. So, let’s go step by step and how you should downsize.
The first thing you will need to do is to filter your items. You will need to separate them into three groups. The items you are certain that you’ll need. The items that you are certain that you won’t need. And the item you are not certain about. Once you’ve separated your items, it is a good rule of thumb to simply put all of the items from the third group into the second one. Unless you are certain that you do not need an item, get rid of it. Anything that you haven’t used in the past six months should go. Trust us. The more you declutter your possessions, the easier it will be to both moves and live in a smaller home.
Benefits of moving to a smaller home
Some of you might be wondering: “Could there really be benefits of moving to a smaller home?” Well, there are. For starters, it will be easier to clean and maintain. Not to mention that living in a smaller home is greener and cheaper as you have to use less energy to deal with heating/cooling. And, if you choose to make your entire home green, doing so will be easier the smaller your home is.
Along with that, you have the psychological benefits of living in a smaller home. A clean, well-designed home feels like a nest. And living in one is bound to reduce your stress and help you relax much more then you would in a larger one. So, before you go cursing that you are leaving a larger home behind, thing first of the benefits you’ll experience by living in a smaller one.
How to prepare for moving to a smaller home
Now that you have your things ready, it’s time to deal with moving to a smaller home. It is important to realize that even though you’ve made your relocation easy by getting rid of unnecessary items, there are still steps you need to take in order to ensure that it’ll be a success. Start off by learning as much as you can about your relocation from sites like mastermovingguide.com. Remember, the more research you do, the better and cheaper your relocation will be.
Dealing with relocation
When it comes to preparing for relocation, there are not many steps that you need to take. But, it is essential that you do take them, in order to ensure that you have an efficient relocation. First, packing. In order to pack properly you will need boxes that are sturdy and affordable and proper wrapping and padding supplies. You should be able to pack by following a packing guide, especially since you don’t have that much stuff to pack. But, if at some point packing becomes too much, you should contact a professional moving company. Packing is the most important part of moving when it comes to safety. So, don’t let your relocation suffer over a couple of bucks.
Speaking of spending your money, you need to find competent movers to help you with moving to a smaller home. A general rule of thumb is to focus on local movers as they can provide the best service for the least amount of money. But, whatever you do, make sure to hire capable, trustworthy movers.
Plan your new home
Before you start transporting your items into your home, we suggest that you plan it out. Only with careful planning can you make the most out of your smaller home and not feel cramped in it. If you do it properly, you will easily end up enjoying your new life. Heck, entire families can easily move into smaller homes, just as long as they are planned out properly and made the necessary alterations.
In order to get a better idea of how to actually plan your home, we suggest that you contact a professional contractor. You can and should do online research. But, every home is different. And, a professional will give you inputs and ideas that you never even thought of. Also, try to look into the benefits of minimalism as a way of life. You might find it quite useful for moving into smaller spaces.