5 Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

Moving is a hassle. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it.

From packing and unpacking to loading and unloading, the entire process can be overwhelming. And no matter what you may believe beforehand, you always have more stuff than you realize.


Because over time, we have a tendency to accumulate stuff – lots and lots of stuff.

From clothes we’ve never worn to gifts we’ve never used, our homes become a never-ending storage unit. And this doesn’t even include items we’ve had for years that, for some reason, we just can’t seem to let go of despite them serving no real purpose other than nostalgia.

But if you’re moving into a smaller house, downsizing is in order. Downsizing is becoming more popular because less is more, and what we lose in square footage we gain in quality and functionality.

Don’t worry though, it is possible to downsize without going crazy. Consider these downsizing tips to ensure a more organized home and less stressful move.

Take Inventory of Your Stuff

This especially comes in handy if you’re downsizing to a smaller home. Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, throw out, donate or sell.

Samantha_Pregenzer“This task may seem daunting, so try breaking it up by taking it one room or zone at a time. You can even spread it out over several days. You set the timeline and pace that works best for you.”

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Keep in mind to separate your wants from your needs.

“When downsizing, it’s important to remember that it’s just stuff,” said Bee Heinemann of Vant Panels. “The reality is it’s often not the physical things that form the attachment, but rather the memory associated with the furniture or china.”

Heinemann suggests sending an email out to family members and friends with photos of what you have and give them a timeline to come get anything they might want.

Minimize Duplicate Items

This is why taking inventory is so important. Look at what you have multiples of and only keep your favorites. The kitchen is a hotbed for duplicate items. Do you really need 10 different spatulas? And unless you have guests over regularly, you most likely don’t need multiple sets of drinking glasses or silverware.

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Also, browse through your pantry and spice cabinet. Toss out any food or ingredients that have passed their shelf life or you haven’t used in a while. You’ll be surprised how much you get rid of.

Make the Most of Storage Space

Storage space is your friend, so make the most of it. Hanging shoe racks, the inside of ottomans, the space underneath your bed and built-in shelves are all great storing options


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Sell Your Belongings

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and if you’re looking to get rid of a majority of your stuff, consider having a yard sale.  Whatever you don’t sell, utilize your resources. There are plenty of online sites available to sell your stuff.

Yard Sale

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“For me, when I have big ticket items to sell and am not willing to negotiate on the price, I opt to sell them on Craigslist or eBay,” Pregenzer said.


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Bust Out the Tape Measure

If you’re downsizing to a smaller home, you already know that space is going to be limited. Therefore, you may not have enough room to fit everything. During the downsizing process, measure your furniture to make sure it will properly fit in your new place. The last thing you want is to move a sectional sofa, only to discover that it doesn’t fit in the new layout. Measuring your stuff will give you more of an idea of what you can take with you and what you’ll have to part with.

While the thought of moving into a smaller house may be nerve-racking, just think of all the good that will come from it. After all, less is more, right? Downsizing to a smaller home means you’ll have more control over your possessions, not to mention the fact your stress levels will decrease on an account there’s less you’re responsible for.

Planning on downsizing your home? Take a look at our Home Project Guides to learn how to efficiently declutter your home and more. Have a few tips on downsizing to a smaller home? Share them in the comments below!

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