Downsizing can be wonderful. Whether you’re moving out of a big house to live on your own, or if the kids went off to college and you and your sweetheart no longer need 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a smaller house brings a more quaint and relaxing feel. Additionally, it means less rooms to clean, and less opportunities to create useless clutter.
There is, however, a challenge with moving into a smaller home: the packing process. Trying to decide how and where to fit all the items from a large home into a small home is a unique challenge.
First things first – Assess your new home. Determine how much room you have to bring your items with you. It is likely that you’ll have to get rid of a lot of stuff lying around your house. Take an inventory of everything you have, and determine what needs to go to your new house, and what isn’t-so-necessary anymore. Ask yourself if you’ve used the item within the last year, and if someone else could get better use out of it than you. Consider our climate controlled storage facilities in St. Louis to hold those extra antiques or other items you don’t have room for, but don’t want to get rid of just yet. We recommend donating or selling items that you have no use for, rather than throwing them out.
Tip: Be conscious of what you let into your home, as your environment shapes you. Not every room needs to be filled with items – try to keep some spaces clear and free of clutter. You’ll enjoy living in a smaller home with less items to worry about.