What You Need To Know About Household Moving And Temporary Downsizing

Are you moving from a larger house to a smaller apartment temporarily? When a move forces you to temporarily downsize, take a look at what you need to know about household moving planning and preparation.

Do Hire Help

Downsizing doesn't have to equal doing it yourself. Less stuff to lug doesn't have to mean going it alone when it comes to moving. Hiring a moving company reduces your stress level, saves time, and can save you from potential muscle strain and sprain (when lifting heavy items).  

Along with the benefits hiring help brings right now, you'll already have a contractor lined up for your next move. When your downsize to an apartment is only temporary, you'll need a mover for the next step. Instead of waiting until you need to upsize again, hiring a professional who can trust and rely now saves you extra work later.

Don't Get Rid of Everything

Even though it's tempting to throw away, give away, or sell a significant portion of your stuff as you downsize, this may end up costing you later on. A temporary downsizing is just that—temporary. Whether you're in between homes, you're still searching for a new place to live, or you have another reason for living in a smaller apartment for the time being, you won't stay in this situation forever.

Instead of getting rid of your belongings, store the excess. While you can sell or give away some things (especially anything you won't use or haven't used in a while), don't overdo it. Save the maybes, storing these items for use in your next home.

Do Make the Most of Space

Use what you have in your new home. If you still have a significant stash of stuff after storing some of your belongings, a well-organized apartment can make downsizing easy.

To make the most of your small space:

  1. Utilize under-the-bed storage. Store everything from books to handbags in plastic bins under the bed.
  2. Store behind the doors. An over-the-door shoe organizer is the perfect way to store more than just shoes. Stash smaller items, toys, or anything else that fits into the individual slots.
  3. Get creative with closet space. Maximize your closet space with dividers, shelving, and other organizational ideas. If you're not sure where to start, a professional closet organizer can help.

Making the most of your space allows you to keep important items nearby as you wait for your next move. This can save you time and stress down the road.

When household moving means downsizing temporarily, you need to consider your overall strategy. Hiring a professional, storing instead of removing, and utilizing strategic organization can make this transitional time easier and less stressful. Reach out to a company such as Maher Brothers Transfer & Storage to learn more.