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Easy Tips to Downsize Your Belongings Before a Move


Downsizing before moving into a new home can be an emotional experience that is difficult and tiring. Whether you are taking this step because you are moving into a smaller space, or you just want to lessen the amount of stuff you need to take with you, it’s an important step in the moving process.

Consider the following tips that will not only help you downsize your possessions before a big move but also help make the process simpler and less stressful.

Start Downsizing Your Household Early

Don’t wait until signing for a new home to start downsizing. Sorting through your belongings and deciding what you want to keep or pitch takes time. If you wait until the last minute, you’ll likely procrastinate and figure you will sort it all out after you get to the new place. Don’t put yourself through this kind of hassle and go through your possessions months ahead of time.

Start in Storage Areas First

Beginning your downsizing efforts in rooms that are only storage areas is best. This is where you have items you were probably hoping to eventually get rid of and will be easier to sort through despite having more volume. Once these spaces are complete, pick rooms that are closer to the heart of your home, like the kitchen or family rooms. Eventually, you’ll get to bedrooms and bathrooms, the most active rooms in your home where there is more to keep than toss.

Make Downsizing a Family Affair

Another important tip to remember is that you aren’t the only member of your household. Your children, spouse, and other family members also have a say in what to move on to the new place or throw away. It’s best to not assume how they feel about their old toys in the attic or trophy collection in the closet.

Ask These Questions Before Keeping Anything

If you see your keep pile is much larger than the toss, you may need to ask yourself a few honest questions about what you’re keeping and why. Before holding on to that old love seat, ask yourself the following:

  • How often do you plan to use it?
  • Where will it go in the new place?
  • What shape is it in?
  • Is it worth repairing/professionally cleaning?
  • Do other family members like having it?

Be honest when answering these questions so that you make the right decision to hold on or let go.

Imagine Where Your Belongings Fit In Your New Home

A great method to use while downsizing is imagining your new space and where your belongings fit. If those 80’s horror posters don’t fit in with your planned decor, it may be time to give them away or pitch them once and for all. Visualizing how you want your new home to look is a sure-fire way to reduce the number of possessions you bring with you.

You Save Money By Not Moving Useless Stuff

An interesting perspective to think about is the added cost you pay for moving excessive amounts of belongings from one place to another. When you sort it out ahead of time, you need a smaller truck, less manpower, and get moved faster. You can also buy something nicer and more appropriate for your new home with the money you saved. Double bonus!

Use a Dumpster to Downsize Quickly

There’s nothing like the finality of dropping unwanted items into a dumpster. It’s the point of no return, and it feels great! Dumpsters are also a great option because you don’t have to deal with the hassle of bagging everything up and hauling it out to the street corner in hopes your local trash service can handle it all. Dumpsters are also more affordable than you realize since the savings in time and headache are invaluable.

Start Downsizing Your Life Today with a Dumpster Rental

Whether your house just went on the market, or you are moving into your new space in 90 days, it’s vital to get a jump start. Bin There Dump That offers a convenient minivan size roll-off that easily fits in your driveway. The best part? When you’re ready for us to haul it out, we sweep up after ourselves so that you can’t tell we were ever there. 

Our company prides itself on providing top-notch service to our customers in the Atlanta area. Many times we can even get a dumpster to your doorstep in 24 hours or less, so call us at 770-932-2838 to learn more about our available roll-offs for your downsizing project, or reach us online here. Visit our blog for additional tips and tricks to maximize the benefits of your dumpster rental experience!

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