The great thing about condo living is that it forces you to declutter and keep only what you truly need. But downsizing can be tricky. Whether it’s from a big home, or even a little one, the fact is that you will need to prioritize what will stay and what will make that move along with you to your new condo. So, if you are making that switch, here are a few steps to help guide you in making it quick and easy.
Create a list or get out some sticky notes and label everything that is a top priority for you that you cannot live with out. These make the cut no matter what. But during this step, you must also take into consideration the size of your space and the items you deem as essential. If your wardrobe is a big and bulky space guzzler – it might not be realistic to take it along with you.
If you’ve set the date for moving in, it’s always helpful to start de-junking your items throughout each room months in advance before your moving date. At least three months for the big day, carve out at least a few hours once a week to go through each room and each crevice to see what you can eliminate. That last thing you want is to bring any unnecessary clutter along with you to your fabulous new condo.
Compare and Envision your Space
As you de-junk items, try to get a feel for size and space in regards to your new condo size, and try to envision where items you wish to keep will be place. If your new kitchen equates roughly to the size of your current living room, try to consider what makes sense to bring along with you when comparing the spaces. For anything that you simply cannot envision fitting anywhere – get rid of it.
One of best features about downsizing is being able to get some potential cash for your items. Have a camera along with you as you de-junk and post the items online to sell. Although this process can be a bit tedious, the end result and added cash in your pocket could be well worth it.
So if you’ve set a date for the big move into your fancy, new condo – go through each of these steps to prioritize your items and figure out what you can get rid of and what makes sense to bring along. Starting this process beforehand a little bit at a time will save you lots of hassle and make downsizing a breeze.
Look into various storage solutions for items you don’t need on a daily basis, but that you aren’t willing to part with. From smart storage containers and organizers in the home to renting a storage locker near your new condo, there are many solutions out there to keep your belongings safe until you need to access them.