The decision to scale down is rarely an easy one, but you’ve decided to take the plunge and are moving into a charming space you’ll now be calling home. It’s time for the work and planning to begin.
Your first task will be to come to terms with everything that you’ve collected over the years and decide on what you really need. Not only will this prevent your new home from feeling cramped and cluttered, but it will also save you on furniture removal costs.
Begin by making a list of items you cannot live without. Imagine that you’re starting from scratch, be specific and thorough. For example, for the bathroom you’ll need two sets of towels; a bathmat and toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, soap, etc.) you use on a daily basis. If you don’t use something at least once a month you probably don’t need it and it’ll just take up space you don’t have. Do this for every room in your new home.
Next, decide on how these items will fit into your new space. You may need to downsize some of your furniture or come up with a creative solution for a treasured heirloom.
Once you’re done, you’ll be left with a whole array of non-essential items you’ve realised you can live without. These items can be rehomed in various ways:
- Gift them to family members or friends. This is the perfect solution for family heirlooms or items you have some sentimental attachment to. Let everyone know that you no longer want some of your things and invite them to fetch what they want.
- Sell unwanted items online, through second-hand dealers or an estate sale.
- Donate to charity.
If you do have something special you can’t bare to part with it may be worthwhile making use of a storage facility. Many larger furniture removal companies offer storage space based on volume which may be more cost effective the hiring an entire unit.
The next step is to decide where everything needs to go. Moving into a smaller place doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of storage space, it just means finding creative ways to stay organised. There are many nifty solutions out there that do just that.
Take a trip to you nearest homeware store or trawl the internet for clever tips and tricks. Don’t buy anything right away, just gather ideas.
Once that’s done its time to look at the available storage space in your new home and decide what you need to put where. This will give you clear picture of exactly what you’ll need and prevent you from wasting money on unnecessary impulse purchases.
It’s a good idea to have all your new storage solutions installed before the furniture removal van arrives so that everything can go neatly into it’s place right from the start.
Once you’ve paired your possessions down to the bare essentials it’s time to decide on how you’re going to get everything moved to your new home.
Most people don’t move far when scaling down, so the obvious instinct is to undertake the furniture removal themselves to save costs. This requires careful planning and preparation to ensure that everything runs smoothly:
- A suitable vehicle capable of transporting large bulky items is critical. Remember the more trips you make the higher your costs will be, so it may be worth hiring a trailer for the day.
- Many hands make light work. Make sure you have enough reliable and trustworthy people to help you pack, load, offload and unpack. Invite friends and family to help and spoil them with a take-away dinner at the end of the day to celebrate a job well done.
- Make sure your items are all carefully packed with plenty of padding and proper coverage to prevent scratches, chips and breakages. When loading your precious cargo, make sure that there’s no movement and place fragile items at the bottom.
A cost-effective alternative is to make use of a local furniture moving company operating in your area. These moving companies specialise in short distance furniture removal and will have all the expertise and capability to pack, move and unpack your possessions quickly and safely. Reducing the volume of your possessions means that you may be pleasantly surprised at how affordable this may be.
Scaling down can be an emotional and stressful exercise, but with help and careful planning it can also be an exciting new adventure toward a more relaxed lifestyle.