One of the easiest ways to save money on your move is to reduce the amount of things you own. This is called downsizing. Downsizing saves you money on your move because movers charge their clients based on the volume and weight of the load being moved – in other words, the less you have to move, the less you have to pay.
Here are some tips to make downsizing simple:
Work Room by Room – Or Even Corner by Corner!
Attempting to downsize an entire household at once can be a daunting task. Avoid overwhelming yourself by approaching the job one room at a time. If that’s still too much, or you have a studio apartment, work corner by corner.
Use Yes, No, Maybe Sorting
Downsizing forces you to make a decision: do I want to bring this item to the new place or not? Sometimes this is a very easy question to answer. Items you definitely want to keep get packed up for the movers; items you definitely don’t want can be sold, donated, or disposed of. If you’re not sure about an item, put it into a third ‘maybe’ pile. When you’ve sorted through all of your possessions, you can consider the ‘maybe’ piles knowing how much stuff you’ve already disposed of or plan to move.
Keep Measurements in Mind
Furniture isn’t flexible. Any time you’re planning a move, whether it’s right in the neighborhood or a long distance move, it’s very helpful to know if any of your furniture won’t actually fit in the new place. These items should be downsized. Spatial considerations can make downsizing decisions easy. If you’re going to a smaller place and have to choose between two similarly sized pieces of furniture, pick the one that’s more versatile or offers storage.