An ever-increasing number of Americans have been looking to downsize their homes. According to a survey conducted by, over 80% of millennials and 65% of Gen-X downsized to save money. About 20% of respondents said downsizing helped them be closer to family and friends.

Whatever your reason, our step-by-step guide can help you downsize efficiently. Follow the below-mentioned steps for a smooth downsizing experience.

# 1 Plan the move

Plan your move properly, so you have everything ready and packed on the day of the move. Rather than leave everything for the last two days, try taking two or three hours each day for at least ten days before the relocation. Arrange for movers and packers, find a storage facility, and take care of all the documents you require to move into a new place.

# 2 Know your space

To decide what you can keep and what you might have to do without, you need to know how much space you have at your new place. Make a preliminary visit to estimate how much storage is available and how big the area is. Think of some creative ways to store more belongings.

# 3 Sort your belongings

Once you are familiar with your new space, determine what you can accommodate there easily and everything you have to give away. Get rid of all the things that you no longer need. Dispose of unnecessary furniture items; they occupy a lot of space. Try giving away pieces of furniture that are broken, old, or no longer in functional use.

#4 Tackle one room at a time

Although sorting and packing look easy when you read about it, in reality, it is a highly daunting task. The best way to handle it is by working in one room at a time. Not only does it make the job more manageable, but it also ends up being a lot less messy and leaves you the other rooms to use.

#5 Pack meticulously

Packing things right can solve a significant portion of your problems, so you must do it correctly. Pre-arrange all the packing supplies, like tape, boxes, tying ropes, and then pack everything simultaneously. Don’t forget to label your boxes as it streamlines the unpacking and moving process.

#6 Give away unwanted items

Once you have packed everything you need, it is time to take care of the unwanted items. The best way to deal with them is to give them away to someone in need. You can also resell some items on an online website or at a local yard sale.

#7 Rent a storage facility

There may be things you don’t regularly use but also don’t want to give away as you might need them later or because they hold sentimental value. You can store these items away in a nearby storage facility, so you have more free space in your new home.

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