Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tips for moving to a smaller home

Moving to a new home is difficult as it is, but downsizing while you’re at it takes moving houses to a whole new level. There is a definite challenge to fitting the things you already own into a smaller space. The truth of the matter is, it’s impossible. A three-storey home’s worth of furniture and belongings just can’t fit into your regular 50 square meter condo unit. Here is a five-step guide to get you through the moving process as painlessly as possible. 

As you near your moving date, it’s important to pack all your things in an organized manner. This will make it less of a hassle to bring them out and put them in your new home.

Step one: commit to downsizing

Do a walk-through of your entire house with a notepad in hand. Assess all the items in your house and list down the ones you don’t need. This is the first and most important step in the process. Be honest with yourself and commit to getting rid of items that you don’t really use. This might be the treadmill or kitchen appliance you haven’t used in a year. Raid your closet and bookshelf too. Remember that in a smaller house, you will have a smaller kitchen and a smaller closet, so it’s important to trim down items from all areas of the home. 

Step two: get exact measurements

Visit your new home to get the exact measurements of the space. If you bought it from a property developer, ask them for an as-built plan of your condo unit. Take down the measurements of doorways, ceiling heights and service elevator areas too. This way, you’ll know how much space you have and which of your furniture pieces you can bring into your new home. 

Step three: follow through

Follow through with getting rid of personal items and furniture that won't fit into your new home. Sell, throw or give it away. There are many ways to do this. Have your friends and relatives drop by to get some items they want. Hold a garage sale if you have a lot of well-maintained items and furniture. If you’ve done these steps well ahead of your moving date, you may also opt to sell your items online. 

Step four: organize items

As you near your moving date, it’s important to pack all your things in an organized manner. This will make it less of a hassle to bring them out and put them in your new home. Pack items that go in the same room together. Label your boxes according to room assignment.  

Step five: move the big things first

On the actual moving day, move in the larger furniture pieces first. Have your floor plan at the ready while you’re moving so you can position the heavy furniture exactly where you planned right away. This will save you the hassle of maneuvering furniture through a small space filled with boxes. The smaller things will come next. Since you’ve packed them according to room assignment already, it’ll be easier to go around each room and unload the designated boxes. - Aislinn Kee


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