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Learn how to downsize successfully when moving home


Recent research reveals that 30% of Brits have considered moving into a smaller property, relocating, or staying with family to save money as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies. The decision to downsize has become quite the trend for UK residents. Downsizing your home can be the right move at any stage of life depending on your specific needs.

Whether you are moving from your family home, making a temporary lifestyle change, or relocating to a new area, downsizing successfully can seem a daunting task, leaving many people not knowing where to begin

We have teamed up with Professional Lifestyle Organiser and Declutterer, Sally Walford, whose award-winning company, Declutter Me has been helping people move home and declutter their way through life for over a decade.

Sally has helped us compile top tips on how to have a successful and clutter-free home move:

  1. Preparation

Let’s face it, moving, in whatever capacity is very stressful. Most people feel overwhelmed at the prospect of even starting a project like this. So, preparation is the key to a stress-free move.

Start off with writing a to-do list or download our printable home-moving checklist. Listing tasks can stop procrastinating and help you focus on one step at a time instead of feeling overwhelmed by the whole picture.

  1. Measure Your New Space

One of the crucial steps to a successful and clutter-free home move is measuring out the new space. Before packing up and transporting all your belongings to the new home, it’s essential to assess the size and layout of the rooms in the new space. Measure the dimensions of each room, including the height of the walls, to ensure that your furniture, appliances, and other belongings fit in properly. This will help you determine which items to keep, sell, donate or discard, and avoid unnecessary clutter and stress in your new home. Additionally, mapping out the new space in advance can also help you plan your furniture placement and make the most of your living space.

  1. Collate

Collate similar items together, you may be surprised to see how many coffee mugs or items of Tupperware you own. Decide whether you have the space or really need them all in your new home.

  1. Decluttering

There is no better time to declutter than before you downsize. It may seem obvious but it’s true! Most downsizers take far too many possessions to their new home causing them even more stress at the other end.

  • Say Goodbye

Don’t move with things that you haven’t used for a long time. How about that fondue set or ice cream maker that’s just gathering dust? Now is the time to let go.

  • The 80/20 Rule

Did you know that you only wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time? This rule can be applied to anything in your home from children’s toys to cookbooks too.

  • The Four-Pile Sort System

The four-pile sorting system is a popular method used for decluttering your home. When going through your belongings, you separate them into four piles: give, donate, sell, and trash. The “give” pile is for items you want to give to friends or family, the “donate” pile is for items you want to donate to a charity or organisation, the “sell” pile is for items you want to sell either online or at a garage sale, and the “trash” pile is for items that are broken or unusable and need to be thrown away. This system can help you organise your belongings and reduce clutter in your living space.

  1. Self-Storage

Sentimental items such as photographs, relatives’ possessions, and baby clothes are always tricky to tackle. If you are struggling to let go, consider using self-storage for these items and tackle them when you are ready. Choosing the right storage company is essential when it comes to taking the stress out of your moving journey and ensuring that your possessions are stored safely and professionally.

  1. Packing and unpacking

People often underestimate the time it takes to pack and unpack. To ensure the safe packing and moving of your possessions, call in the professionals. It’s easy to run out of time and throw things in boxes causing chaos and even breakages – at the other end. This can end up giving you even more work and hassle, not to mention the added cost of the breakages! As well as letting the professionals do their job, be sure to use high-quality boxes and packaging materials to ensure your items make it safely to your new home.

Our team is here to help and any stage in the process from helping to select the right unit size for your needs to even arranging a man and van to move your things for you. You can use our storage space calculator to get an idea of what space you might need and get a quote today.