Will you shortly downsize to a cozy Seattle apartment? Is your future home blessed with less room than your current abode? If you’re thinking about downsizing for convenience, or you’re moving to a more expensive area where you’ll need to downsize your accommodations, you may find it helpful to start downsizing your lifestyle before you begin the moving process.
Here are some simple ways to reduce the number of items you own before you move and have to pack up all those things in extra boxes.
Take a Look at Your Closet
You don’t have to be retired to take the advice of AARP, which offers some excellent projects to help you “ditch” your unneeded items before you move. One of the first things the retirement organization suggests should hit the donation bin is clothing.
“If your wardrobe has outgrown your closet and dresser, start by purging enough pieces so that everything will fit. Get rid of unwanted clothing at yard sales or online, or by donating items to charity.”
Even if you’re not 65-years-old, there’s a good chance your wardrobe is full of things you don’t wear anymore. Do you need four jackets that are all appropriate for the same type of weather? Do you need the shirts you used to wear ten years ago that haven’t seen the daylight for a decade?
Home organization experts tend to recommend that any item that hasn’t been used in at least a year can see the donation bin without any significant harm done to the convenience of having that item around. Don’t keep a dozen pairs of high heels if your job doesn’t require that you wear them. Get rid of the old t-shirts from college you never wear anymore and keep just one or two if they offer some good memories.
If anything, the clothing you don’t wear anymore can offer someone else the opportunity to look nice at work or have clothing available that they can’t otherwise afford. Think about how much room your new closets will have in your next apartment, and take a look at your current place. Will you have enough room for all those clothes, or is it time to jettison some of those items?
Get Rid of Huge Things if They Won’t Fit
One of the mistakes movers sometimes make when they relocate to a new, smaller home is that they get rid of all the little stuff when they should sell, donate, or recycle some of the significant items that take up a ton of room. An extra-large couch that won’t fit in the small living room of the new apartment might need to get sold before some extra cutlery or pans in the kitchen.
According to Money Crashers:
“If you know you’re moving from a three-bedroom home to a two-bedroom home, there’s absolutely no reason for you to move three beds, three dressers, and three bedside tables to your new place. It costs money to haul big furniture, and if there’s nowhere to put it, you’ll just have to pay for a storage unit.”
Moving to a smaller apartment or into an apartment from a large house can come with the perk of paying less for rent each month, but that savings can disappear if you end up having to rent a storage unit.
Consider City North Seattle for Your New Home
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