Top tips for downsizing


It doesn’t matter if you’re an older couple who are moving from a house into a flat, or a renter going from a 2 bedroom flat to a studio apartment, you’ll almost certainly need to part with many of your things to make moving day easier to deal with. 

Here are some tips you can follow to make downsizing go as smooth as possible:

Decide what you can and can’t live without

This will help you really drill down on what you can and can’t take with you. It can be hard to part with a lot of our things, but you can’t take everything with you. Create a wish list and stick to it.

Start eliminating belongings

Begin thinning out your things around three to four months before you move. Spend a little time each day, or a half day each week to go through overflowing drawers and cupboards, disposing of anything that won’t be needed. We tend to have a few areas in our home that are full of junk, so dealing with this early will relieve you of doing it nearer to move time when things get much more stressful.

Don’t throw everything away

Resist the urge to throw everything away; the obvious exception being things which no longer work or what you no longer have any use for. Instead consider recycling, selling and donating; things you no longer need could be of use to others.

Seek a second opinion

You may come across belongings in your home which you’re unsure what to do with. If you can’t decide, it’s always handy to seek a second opinion. Whether it’s from a significant other, family member or a friend, they can objectively analyse whether you really need it or not and help you come to a decision.

Prearrange furniture before moving in

Draw out a floor plan of your new property and create a furniture layout. Then assess the plan realistically; will everything fit where it should properly? Find out the measurements of your furniture, as well as the rooms themselves and edit out what you need to. Don’t wait until moving day with an incorrect plan in place; otherwise you’ll be making an already stressful day even harder!

Coordinate your boxes by room, not object

Label your boxes by room and not by object; this will make unpacking a much simpler task on the day. It means you won’t be trekking back and forth from box to box, trying to remember what belongs where. It’s a real time saver!

Will you be downsizing soon and following any of our tips? Let us know on Twitter @haart_uk!