Moving around is always an ordeal, but great attention is paid to the worry and hassle of moving to a smaller space. Indeed, downsizing can be tricky, but most of the time you’ll be moving to a larger room – and that creates a number of problems.
If you’re looking to make your way into a bigger space, here are some tricks and tips you need to be successful and avoid the common pitfalls of upsizing.
Zoom out first
It may seem counter-intuitive, but the truth is that by taking the time to get rid of the things you don’t need before you move, you can fill your larger space with functional possessions instead of useless junk. Also, if you downsize first, you can cut the cost of moving and reduce the hassle of unpacking and sorting in your new space.
There are Dozens of downsizing methods – and none of them is objectively the best. While many movers automatically resort to the latest fad, stick to the downsizing method that is right for you. This can mean trying a few different styles at the beginning of your move before finding the ideal solution. Some methods you might consider include:
- The Konmari Method: Hold on to every object and decide whether it brings you function or pleasure. If it doesn’t, you can just discard it.
- The four box method: Sort your things into four different piles: keep, donate, throw away and sell. This makes it easier to get rid of the things you don’t want once you get to this stage.
- The packing party: Put everything you have in boxes and only take things out the way you need them. Everything that is still in the boxes after 21 days can disappear.
- The 90/90 rule: Remind yourself whether you have used an item in the last 90 days or are likely to use it in the next 90 days. If neither is possible, then you can get rid of it.
Live in space
During your downsizing, you should have thrown away dozens of small possessions as well as some large items. However, you shouldn’t get started right away and fill your empty space. Instead, live in your larger space for a few weeks so that you can determine what you really need.
This is especially important when it comes to furniture. If you have too much furniture in a room, it will feel cramped, even if it’s 500 square feet. You should first deal with the bare bones like a small couch and basic dining area set, then make a list of the items the space will need if you identify them.
Create a budget
You shouldn’t rush to buy the items you need once you know you need them. First, this almost guarantees that you won’t get the items that really suit your space and style. Second, it will almost certainly break the bank and affect your chances of a healthy financial future.
A smarter strategy is to build one Budget for filling your space with the items you need. For example, if you know you need an entertainment hub for your TV, video game consoles, and other media, you should find the styles you want and note their price.
Then you should stick to a budget that allows you to save appropriately to acquire the entertainment center within a few months. When you have to pay for multiple items at once, you need to prioritize certain items over others. Regardless, you should focus on the quality of your items over the quantity, especially if you are in a room that you are likely to stay in for some time.
Don’t be afraid to get help
While you should try to minimize the cost of filling your larger space, don’t be afraid to request additional services if you need them. For example in Big cities like Phoenix, furniture assembly and delivery services may be mandatory. While this will add to your costs, it will ensure that your items arrive safely and are properly installed in your new home.
You can also ask friends and family to help organize and fill your space. Often times, family members are eager to donate items they no longer want and you can use this stuff until you can afford to buy your own. Your loved ones will also help you move around, paint, or do other chores that will turn your new space into a home.
If you don’t make sure to move into a larger room in an organized manner, you could be in chaos for years to come. Be smart about what you make a difference, how you spend, and who to ask for help, and you will thrive with room to grow.