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How to Pack Up Your Items For a Downsizing Move

Precision Movers Calgary How to Pack Up Your Items For a Downsizing Move

Are you considering downsizing? While moving into a lifestyle that is simpler and less encumbered is a great idea, it can present certain challenges. Here are some top tips from our Calgary movers on how to make the process more manageable.


Whether you are moving to a larger family home, or are making a shift to a more simple lifestyle, planning your relocation ahead of time is absolutely crucial. Taking the time to organize your move will have many benefits, including:

  • A faster, more cost-effective move
  • Reduces stress and gives you a head start on the moving process
  • Helps you keep track of all your belongings so you don’t forget or lose anything
  • Declutters your home for a more efficient sale

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A Checklist For Downsizing Your Home

Whether you’re relocating from a larger estate to a downtown apartment, or you’re moving in with a significant other, downsizing is required. While this is necessary, it can also have many unexpected benefits, including the fact that you’ll be able to:

  • Relocate more quickly and easily
  • Locate your possessions faster
  • Let go of additional ‘baggage’ that may be cluttering both your mind and physical space

However, while it may seem easy to get rid of your extra possessions, doing it is much harder. Here are some simple tips to make the transition as smooth as possible:

1. Assess Your Needs

Over the years, you may have collected many things, be it furniture, gadgets, clothes, entertainment systems, or other things, that you’ve been expecting to use ‘one day’ but never do. This is one of the clearest signs that you don’t need such items and you may feel more liberated letting them go.

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When you become clear on what your needs are, you’ll have the ability to be more decisive about what qualifies as essential items in your future. Make a list of what you use on a daily basis, as well as the most sentimental items you own, so you can understand better what possessions you simply can’t do without! 

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2. Set A Downsizing Schedule

The idea of going through all of your possessions and deciding whether to keep, store, sell, donate, or throw them away, can seem really daunting! Breaking it up into a manageable timeline can make the process seem less overwhelming.

You may want to consider:

  • Selecting one or two days a week devoted completely to the task of decluttering and downsizing.
  • Breaking the hours you spend working into intervals. For example, spending an hour decluttering followed by fifteen minutes of rest (reading a book or watching TV.)

REMEMBER: Rather than waiting until the last minute to hurriedly go through the stressful moving process, try to plan it out several weeks in advance to ensure the move becomes easier and less strenuous.

 

3. Consider Asking For Professional Help

Even with all the advice, you may not be physically or emotionally able to go through the downsizing process yourself, so hiring professional movers can help make things a lot easier. They will be able to:

  • Determine what will make the move, what can fit in your new home, and what you should leave behind.
  • Take care of all the small details, freeing up your time to focus on other important aspects of your move.
  • Give advice on where to store your items and how to pack them for the move.

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4. Take Advantage Of Storage Facilities

There may be times when it’s just not possible to whittle down all you need and own to fit in your new living space. That’s when storage units become very handy. Movers often recommend you focus on two types of items when storing your belongings:

  • Sentimental Items - There may be certain items that you hold very dear and can’t part with, even though you don’t use them often. These memorabilia-type items can be placed in a storage unit and easily accessed when and if you and your family members need them.
  • Bulky items - Given that your new space might be too small for certain furniture, exercise equipment, or even cars, you may want to consider a larger storage unit to store them.

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To find out more about our moving services, including how our professional movers can help you downsize, pack, store your items before the big relocation, contact our Calgary office at  403-540-4393 or fill in our online contact form.


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