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Downsizing Moving & Packing Tips

By November 11, 2019 January 7th, 2020 Boise Movers, Moving Tips
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Whether the little ones have left the nest or you’re moving into something more affordable, downsizing can still give you anxiety and cost you lots of time. If you’re hiring a moving company in Boise, consider the number of items you will need to have transported, and the amount of time it could save you. With these tips, we will help ensure that you are downsizing in the most effective way possible.

Start Big

Usually downsizing means that you are decreasing the number of rooms in your home. Start by selling off the big furniture pieces that were in one of the rooms. It can be tempting to keep all the beds, dressers, and lamps, but if you don’t have room to house them, then there is no point.

Measure It

A lot of properties will give you the square footage of the whole house, and some even break down the room sizes. If you’re lucky enough to have room measurements then be sure to measure the furniture you currently have to see if it will fit into the new space comfortably.

The Small Things

We started with getting rid of the bigger items, but don’t go throwing out all of your small items. Be tactful with the things you decide to sell. Things that have sentimental value should be held onto, along with items for daily use. If you keep thinking “I will use that at some point.” Don’t. Keep. If you haven’t used it in your bigger place, then you will likely not use it in your smaller place.

Looking to Make Money?

You may be downsizing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cost you. Large expenses still plague the moving process. If you need a little extra help then don’t be afraid to hold a yard sale. If you don’t live in a particularly popular neighborhood for those, then consider joining local Facebook groups. There are many under the name of “Swip Swap” or “Buy, Barter, Sell.” Old-school street signage in nearby areas with more street and foot traffic never hurts either. These are all great ways to sell your things to people outside of your immediate area.

Storage Options

Your new place may have smaller closets, fewer built-ins, and fewer cabinets. Consider investing in furniture with sneaky storage. Ottomans are a great example of acting as a useful piece of furniture to kick up your feet, while also being a great place to store your extra pillows and blankets. I know you’re thinking about why you would need more furniture. But all of those blankets and pillows that were stored in that one closet in your current home, will need a new place to be.

Digital Age

Make use of the technology that is out there by turning your photos and memories into files on your computer. DVDs, CDs, and photo albums can take up a lot of space in your home. Plus, you can always turn them into physical copies later on after figuring out the amount of room you have. Computers, believe it or not, can also run out of the room. Luckily there are USB hard drives that can store a bunch of images and videos and can easily be put away because of their small size. If you’re thinking of getting someone a Christmas gift, consider this option.

Get Some Help

Hiring professional movers could provide you a bunch of stress relief. Even if you think you can move everything, timelines, budgets, and exhaustion can happen real quick. If you’re looking for moving companies in Boise, ABC Movers are experts at what they do. They can also help you wrap and store your items safely within the boxes for extra insurance. Be sure that your moving company in Boise has insurance too, just in case anything were to happen down the road or during the unloading process.

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