Downsizing to a smaller property is proving to be a popular decision, especially with the effects that the pandemic has left. Many people are looking at ways to cut costs and therefore realise that perhaps they don’t need the extra bedrooms they might have currently at home. And, according to many experts, downsizing is actually crucial in tackling the UK’s skewed housing market.
Downsizing to a smaller property can be a very liberating experience. A smaller space to keep clean and tidy. A chance to de-clutter posessions. And, an opportunity to find a home that is perhaps in a better location and closer to more facilities.
But, with a downsize comes a fair bit of organisation. Therefore, here we have put together some helpful tips to aid you with your move:
Be sure to start early
If you’re thinking of moving to a smaller property, then start downsizing right away!
Spending small amounts of time clearing out different areas of your home each day will save you from a big panic as your move date draws nearer.
You may have things belonging to other family members that you might want to give back. So, you will need time to organise everything and create groups of items that need re-housing elsewhere!
Also, be mindful when shopping and acquiring more items from here on. Remember that space is going to be more of a premium in your new home so less is more in this scenario.
Re-assess your furtniture
In order to downsize effieciently, you will need to know the size of the space you’re going to be moving into.
Ideally, you’ll know the square footage and shape of each room as this will help you figure out which furniture items are not going to be suitable to take along with you.
Rather than trying to squeeze large pieces of furniture into a smaller space, see what actually fits and take the opportunity to simplify and redesign your interior. You may be able to get a good amount of money for your old furniture items on eBay or Facebook Marketplace, and this will allow you to select new furniture, which is better suited to your new home.
Take only your favourites
According to the KonMari method, if an item no longer sparks joy for you when you look at it, then it’s time to get rid of it!
Therefore, downsizing is a great oppprtunity to say goodbye to those things that you have been holding onto for years but have no use for.
Unwanted gifts, old clothes, out-dated paperwork and chipped crockery – these are some of the things that you might not want to take along to your next place.
Damaged goods can be recycled and items in good condition can either be sold online or re-gifted to friends, family or charity.
Think about self-storage options
Sometimes, relocating to a smaller home might mean that you lose the storage or garage space that you have become accustomed to. Therefore you might be worrying about where you can store bulky items like camping equipment, bikes, sports equipment or out-of-season clothing?
You might not have considered it before, but using self-storage could be the perfect option for you. McCarthy’s Storage World offers units ranging from just 16 sq ft to 5,000 sq ft, so there is something for everyone. You are not locked into any long-term contracts and you can access your items whenever you need them. It could be a great idea to solve all your storage worries as you move home.
McCarthy’s has self-storage facilities in York, Harrogate, Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield, so get in touch with one of our team members to find out which option might be best for you.