Today, we are seeing more and more sellers downsize from large Windsor houses, to smaller quarters for a variety of reasons. It could be a financial reason or children have grown and moved on or they simply wanted to change direction to a lifestyle that is easier to manage. In fact, today we are seeing more buyers looking at smaller homes than we did several years ago. It may be accurate to say that buying small is the new big thing.
Here are some tips to creating an organized moving experience when downsizing. Remember, the goal is to create a more simplified life, so start with a less stressful move.
1. Create a plan. Establish a binder, which will contain you checklists, important phone numbers, deadlines, measurements and more.
2. Sort: This is often a very overwhelming job, but tackle one room at a time. Devote a couple hours a day and create four piles: Keep, Throw Away, Donate and Sell. Contact antique dealers, consignment shops, Goodwill, set up a yard sale, etc.
3. Take Inventory: One month before you move, start eating food from your freezer and pantry. The less you need to move and waste, the better. If you have too much food by the time, consider donating to a food pantry.
4. Notify: Inform those that need to know you are moving: post office, utilities, creditors, friends, relatives, schools, medical offices, etc.
5. A few days before the movers arrive, pack a bag that can get you through the first night in your new home. Have a change of clothes, toiletries, medications, important papers, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies and snacks.
6. Keep movers happy by providing drinks, particularly if you are moving this summer. If the movers are pleased, chances are they will take better care of your belongings.
These are just some general ideas for creating an organized move. We know that it is often difficult to move from a family home to smaller Windsor houses, but think about all of the positive new adventures you will soon be having!