Moving at any given time can be a trying and tiresome job for any one of us. When you’re getting older it makes it all the more overwhelming that it can almost seem unimaginable. However, with the proper checklist and advice it will surely alleviate stress factors and eliminate any questions that you may have regarding downsizing your home.

1. Sorting

When planning on downsizing it’s an essential step to sort through all of your belongings and decide what you will take with you to the new home and what to leave behind. Depending on the size of your current home, downsizing can seem like a major shock when there is far less space readily available. Sorting through the extraneous items that have been taking up unnecessary space is one of primary steps to take when downsizing.

2. Decluttering

Once the belongings are sorted it’s time to start decluttering. You must determine what you would like to do with the items you won’t be transferring over to your new home. Whether you are passing items down to your family, selling online or donating to goodwill it’s a crucial step to downsizing and the less clutter you have the more at ease and prepared you will feel! Take note to not leave this step until the end as it can become overwhelming.

3. Digitizing Items

We live in a day and age where technology can be our greatest asset when it comes to moving! All those old CD’S, Cassettes, and photos that take up so much space and accumulate dust can be digitized within a matter of minutes. With iCloud, Dropbox, and GoogleDrive taking all of your favourite memories and transferring them to your electronic device will not only make it easier for you to go back and look at them but will give you added space in your new home!

4. Packing

Having a plan on how to go about packing will not only help gather all the items out of your current home, but will greatly benefit you once in your new residence! Packing your belongings in boxes strategically will make unpacking a breeze. No one wants to be ripping open numerous boxes trying to find one specific item. Try grouping items and placing them all in one box and marking it accordingly. That way, when you find yourself in need of dishes you can simply grab the box that is labelled “DISHES”.

5. Recruiting Friends And Family

Your friends and family are wonderful resources to utilize when moving. Having those extra hands help pack boxes or discard items may seem like a little task but in the long run will save you much time and unnecessary added stress. This also gives them a chance to have input on the belongings you plan on not bringing with you… because everyone loves family keepsakes!

6. Contacting A Moving Company

Moving companies are well sought out and therefore can book up quickly. To ensure you aren’t left without help for your big move, contact a company early and let them know your circumstances regarding the move. By doing so, they can determine the amount of time it will take, as well as the number of vehicles and workers that will be needed. A week or so before the move, contact the company to reconfirm the dates and inform them of any special instructions you may have.

7. Paperwork

This step can be easily forgotten as there is so much else going on! Set aside the time to look at all the necessary address changes to inform friends, family, and businesses on your new home address. A few examples of businesses that would need to be notified are as follows: drivers licenses/state ID’S, bank accounts, voters registration, social clubs, magazine subscriptions etc.

8. Storage & Organization

When downsizing you’ll be presented with less space than you’ve previously been accustomed to. Although you’ve sorted and decluttered much of your belongings leaving you with fewer items it can still seem like you’re lacking space. Head to your nearest department store to pick up a extra cabinets, baskets, or containers to allow for added space and compartments to store your items. The home may be smaller but it gives you the opportunity to utilize the beauty of organizing!

9. Moving Day

Have a moving plan in place will ensure everyone is on track the day of. If possible, obtain a floorplan of your new home, that way you’ll have an understanding of where your furniture and certain boxes should be placed. Not only will this make your job easier, but for the hired movers as well. It can be tiring and an overwhelming day therefore go easy on yourself and don’t feel like it has to be all unpacked in one day. Take the pressure off of yourself and spread the work over a few days will be far more pleasant and less stressful.

10. Creating A “First Day Box”

As mentioned above, you certainly don’t need to have everything unpacked the day of. Be strategic and have a box specifically set aside for your first day in your new home. This can include toiletries, prescriptions, basic tools, pyjamas etc. This way you can settle into your new home and have your necessary items readily available.