Planning ahead is especially important when moving into a smaller space. First, you must consider whether this is a temporary or long-term move and how long you plan to live with reduced square footage. If this is just a temporary situation, moving companies can typically store your extra furniture and belongings in their climate-controlled storage area at an additional cost.
If downsizing is a permanent situation, as a result of becoming an empty nester or being recently retired, you will find different choices for eliminating your extra items. Consignment shops, auctions, garage sales, or donating to homeless shelters are all great choices.
Moving companies appreciate when customers have carefully measured and made plans for each room before their workers arrive. Knowing whether the furniture will nicely fit into your new home helps avoid last-minute confusion. You can use graph paper to draw out each room’s dimensions, then pencil in the proposed placement of your furniture, trying several ways before settling on the best solution. This will make everything go smoothly for both you and your movers.
Make a final decision on each piece of furniture that will not fit into your new location. Decide item by item whether to keep it or let it go to a new home. Heirloom pieces can be transitioned as gifts to children, grandchildren or someone you love and trust in your family’s younger generation. It can be a joyous event to the recipient! As for the remaining items, where should those go? This leads to your next level of decisions.
Here are additional things to be mindful of when eliminating extra household goods: A garage sale can be worth the time and effort if money is a concern. If your garage sale customers are responsible for moving their purchases to their own homes that is easier for you. Sometimes auction houses and consignment shops will pay you for items that sell, but there is usually a time limit before they release the goods to a donation center. Ask in advance whether they will pick up the items from you or if it will become your own responsibility to transport. Advance planning is key because moving companies will sometimes deliver the extra goods to multiple destinations when asked. Be sure to inquire about additional costs so you can make plans accordingly.