Moving can be an exciting but stressful experience, especially if you are planning to downsize your home. As with any move, the best way to make it easier is to start early and plan ahead. With these tips from Moving Company NYC, you can get organized and reduce the amount of stress associated with packing for a move.
- Assess your needs
The first step in downsizing before moving is to assess your needs. Ask yourself what items will serve you in your new home or lifestyle. You may find that some pieces of furniture that were perfect for your previous space don’t work as well or aren’t needed in your new home. Make sure each item has a purpose and can work within the design of your new home before you decide to pack it away.
- Start packing early
It takes time to go through all your belongings and decide what should stay and what should go, so start early! Designate specific areas for sorting items into categories such as ‘keep’, ‘donate/recycle’, ‘sell’ and ‘throw away’. This makes it easier to keep track of items that need further action after sorting (e.g. selling online).
- Sell or donate unwanted items
If there are too many items left over after you have gone through everything, consider selling them online or donating them to charity instead of storing or throwing them away. You can even make money selling unwanted items by setting up an online garage sale on social media platforms such as Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Not only will this help you declutter your living space, but it will also help those who may not have access to essential household items due to a lack of funds.
- Create an inventory list
Once you have sorted everything and decided what stays and what goes, make an inventory list so you know exactly what needs to be moved when the NYC moving company arrives on a moving day. This list should include all important documents such as birth certificates, passports, etc. as well as personal items such as jewelry boxes and antiques that require special care during transportation. Having an inventory list will ensure that nothing is left behind in the chaos of packing and unpacking.
- Pack lightly but smartly
When packing boxes for the big move, remember that less is more! Use lightweight materials such as plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes; they are sturdier, stackable, and reusable, which will save time during the loading and unloading process on a moving day! Additionally, try to use vacuum bags or sealable containers whenever possible; this helps save space while protecting items from damage during transport by Moving Company NYC’s professional movers.
- Take measurements ahead of time
Take measurements ahead of time so that you know how much space you will have in your new home before making any purchases of furniture or other large items after you move in. This will help you avoid buying something too big for your new home. When measuring rooms, always allow extra space for doorways, hallways, staircases, etc. – taking detailed measurements will ensure that every box fits perfectly once it has been moved into its designated area!
- Have a plan for the day of the move
Finally, having a plan for the day of the move is key. Talk to your NYC moving company about the process in advance so everyone knows what’s expected. Set aside essentials (clothes, toiletries) for last-minute packing just in case anything has been missed along the way; also make sure these types of things are packed together so they’re easy to grab when needed during the hectic transition period!