Moving is stressful for many people, but downsizing your house is a great way to save money and save it or invest it into something else. Here are 5 tips for downsizing your house in Kansas City.
Use a Tape Measure
When you’re downsizing the first thing that you want to do is to measure the existing furniture that you have. Next check out the new space including doors, stairwells, and hallways. The worst thing to happen is to move all of your stuff and have it sitting in the yard only to realize that you can’t get the damn couch or china cabinet through your new doors.
Get Rid of Duplicates
Another tip for downsizing your house in Kansas City would be to organize all of your belongings with like things. It can be helpful to sort things into piles of like-kind objects such as putting all of your kitchen stuff into one area. You can even get more granular and put all of your pots and pans into a smaller pile to see if you have too many of the same things. Don’t be too hasty; if you are known for your annual light display, maybe you do need 12 extension cords. Make sure you keep objects you will use in the near future. Don’t hang on to things you don’t need. My rule is the 1-year rule. If I haven’t used the item in the last 12-months, it is unlikely that I’m going to use it in the next 12.
If you are going through an extreme downsize, you will also have to try to get rid of less sentimental objects than some of your extremely sentimental objects. Consider taking pictures of some of the less sentimental items and keep them in a special album, that way you will still have the memories without the physical objects. From experience, I can say that even items that I felt very conflicted about getting rid of, I don’t even remember what any of those things are anymore.
Sell Your Stuff
Moving costs money. Selling your unnecessary items will be a great way to drum up some extra funds for the move, or maybe some new landscaping, fresh paint, or other decorative elements. You can hold a garage sale to get rid of a lot of things pretty quickly. Consider putting a listing on online marketplaces for the garage sale to generate more interest than just your neighbors. For more valuable items, you can try Facebook marketplace which is extremely popular these days! You will want to start selling things early, finding buyers for specialty items may take some time, especially if you are listing your items one by one.
Give Your Stuff Away
The fastest way to get rid of extra stuff is to give it away! You have multiple options on how to give your stuff away. You could simply chuck it to the curb. This might be the best solution for some older and worn-out stuff. You could also put usable items at the curb with a sign that reads “free stuff.” You can also post a curb alert to the online bulletin board. You could also donate the items to your local thrift stores and help out a great cause. Giving the items away means they disappear instantly and you don’t have to store them or try to barter with anyone about pricing. It is also a very freeing feeling.
Fill Your New Space
If you can, it would be advisable to have some overlapping time between your current house and your new house. You can make some trips over to the new house with items you are for sure keeping. Make sure they all fit in their intended homes, fill out the closets and garage. Take measurements of your new space and current furniture to make sure it fits before getting rid of it or purchasing new furniture that doesn’t fit. This will be the best way to make sure extra stuff doesn’t get to the new house.