The number of people moving from a large house to a condo continues to rise each year. Whether it’s empty nesters, college grads, or young families, all share one very important thing together, which is the need to downsize their living arrangements. It also means having to go through everything you own (which can mean years of accumulation), a task that can be quite challenging. Here are a few tips for you to consider as you search the condo listings in one of the biggest cities in Canada.
Get Started Early
If you have ever moved before, chances are you already know how stressful the whole process can be. You have so many things to take care as you move into your condo, why would you wait until you are moving in to downsize? All this does is add even more stress to your move. Before the move, look through your home, noting things you never use or haven’t worn in more months than you can remember. Use the floor plan of your new condo to help you determine which of these items you won’t have room for. The sooner you get started with the decluttering process, the easier it will be and the less stuff you have to pack!
Set Your Priorities
When your home is filled with items of sentimental value, it can be hard to part with them. Each item is a reminder of a special person or place. If you don’t want your new condo to be cluttered, you have to try your best at least to start winnowing out the wheat from the chaff. A brilliant way to do this is to create a list of the most “essential” items, those items you simply can’t live without. This gets the ball rolling and then you can start working your way through the rest prioritizing them until you have reduced the number to those that will fit in your new condominium.
It’s All About the Three R’s
The three R’s are, reduce, reuse, recycle, and in other words, your trash could be someone else’s treasure. It is all too easy to toss everything in the garbage and send it all to the landfill. But what if you had things you could sell online or in a garage sale? Suddenly your waste becomes cash in your pockets. Then, of course, you can donate your excess to any one of many charities where they can be used to help those less fortunate. Many items that have outlived their usefulness can be recycled, again often in exchange for cash. And finally, if there is anything left, then that can go to the landfill. Moving into a condo doesn’t mean you need to get rid of everything. What it does mean, however, is that you need to plan your move very carefully. Trying to shoehorn your entire houseful into a smaller home can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. You have to plan ahead if you want to succeed with a minimum of stress.