Are you moving and need help downsizing and staying organized in a smaller space? You may want to change to a smaller space for a variety of reasons, including:
- Your children have left the nest, and you have too much space for the remaining occupants.
- You’ve broken up with your lover and are relocating on your own.
- You can no longer manage or desire such a large home.
- You’re relocating to a larger metropolis (such as New York), where space is limited.
- Unless you are truly into minimalism, no amount of organizing and tetris-izing your stuff will make all of the items from your larger former home fit into your smaller new home—regardless of your reasoning. To fit into the new room, you’ll need to take some steps to reduce your belongings.
Prepare for your reduced home by following these tips:
1. Determine what you’ve got to work with.
If possible, go to your new property and measure all of the rooms (or ask your real estate agent/landlord for the specs). This will give you an accurate estimate of how much room you have to work with. Make sure to incorporate all of your new home’s nooks and crannies—they typically serve as excellent storage areas.
You can start thinking about how to prune your present collections and which storage solutions will work now that you know the exact size of your new room. Now is the time to be brutally honest with yourself about how you want your new location to look and define your priorities. Determine what is most important to you and build your home around that.
2. Look into storage and organization options.
When you’re working with a smaller space, you’ll have to be more inventive with storage. You’ll typically be constrained by a shortage of closet space and fewer options for storing organized furnishings. The following are some of the most useful storage pieces for a small space:
Shelves and other types of wall storage – Your home’s vertical height may compensate for its lack of horizontal space. If this is the case, or if you have the space, add more hooks, racks, and shelves vertically (and perhaps a step ladder) to expand your storage area.
Furniture that serves two purposes – In a small home, every option matters when it comes to significant items like furniture. To make every area of your restricted space as efficient as possible, look for objects that serve as storage (coffee tables, chests, couches and chairs with hidden bins or drawers).
Stackables -are a type of container that may be stacked on top of each When it comes to organizing tools in tiny dwellings, stacking is frequently required. To make the most of any vertical space in closets, cupboards, and under beds and tables, use boxes and bins that can be stacked on top of one another.
Making a strategy for the space – picking up the objects that will help you implement that vision, and sticking to it are the keys to staying organized in a tiny home. When putting things back where they belong is too much labor, it is more likely to be neglected. Then one thing turns into two, and before you know it, you’ve created a pile. This is why it’s critical to choose a storage strategy that works for you and one you’ll stick to.
Whatever you do, don’t buy storage organizers for the sake of it! Look deep within yourself and choose the options that you will employ, even if they aren’t the most appealing. You can always replace them once your system has been fine-tuned.
3. Begin the decluttering process.
Whether you choose maximalism or minimalism, selecting what to get rid of is the most difficult part of moving into a smaller area. This is a process that should be completed prior to moving (and, if possible, after you get the room measurements). It will reduce the amount of belongings you need to pack and, as a result, the number of boxes you need to move, saving you time, physical work, and money.
Many well-known methods for decluttering and arranging your home exist, including:
Start by circling the goods you’re certain you’ll need—they’ll be the simplest to spot. If these will be needed in the months, weeks, or days leading up to the transfer, they can either be packed right away or left where they are.
The goods you absolutely don’t desire anymore are the next easiest to spot. Select the items that you are certain you do not want and place them in a designated pile or container for disposal. Depending on how you plan to dispose of them, you can sort them even further into heaps like “waste,” “donation,” and “sell.”
TIP: Before getting rid of anything, give your family and friends the chance to choose what they want. What no longer fits in your life, or what no longer feels significant or vital to you, may hold a lot of nostalgic value for someone else.
It’s now time to tackle the items about which you’re unsure. Take a look at each component. Is it of any use? Do you have a couple of them? Is it still required or will it be required in the near future? Are you keeping this item on hand just in case? If you have multiple objects or for “just in case” circumstances, small places are not the best place to keep them. You won’t have place for multiples or items you might need one day unless it’s a really little item. Donate it if it is simple and inexpensive to replace if the need arises again.
TIP: Bring something with you if you’re unsure about something. You’ll always have the option to declutter later, and you’ll almost certainly need to once you’ve settled in and discovered some items don’t fit as well as you had anticipated.
4. Keeping things in order
Make an attempt to stick with your new organizational system after you arrive and unpack your items in it, but be nice to yourself and include some contingencies:
Finish the task – As soon as you’re through, put everything back in its proper position.
Daily upkeep – Everyone forgets or is too exhausted to put things away from time to time. Make it a point to tidy up at least once a day.
Put things where you need them – If you constantly forgetting to put anything back where it belongs, consider permanently relocating the item. Your organizational strategy should be adaptable to your daily routine.
Catch-all bins – If you’re having trouble staying on top of the “complete the work” chore, keep some storage bins or baskets in your most frequently filthy rooms so you may dump anything in there and keep the general space neat. Having two bins, one for filthy clothes and one for clean garments that can be reworn, is a terrific method to keep your bedroom clean.
TIP: If you’re a chronic over-buyer or impulsive shopper, now is the time to break the habit. You don’t have the luxury of greater space to house your collection in a tiny home. Limit yourself to stuff that you truly enjoy and can use.
Moving into a smaller house can be a liberating experience, but it can also be intimidating, especially if you have a lot of belongings. Make the procedure go more smoothly by:
- Having a clear understanding of how much space you have in your new home to work with.
- Making a plan and acquiring storage and organizational equipment to carry it out.
- You’re going through your possessions and removing what you don’t need.
- Taking the effort to straighten up each day and make it as easy as possible for yourself to keep organized.
- If you’re moving but don’t have much to move (you’ve just successfully downsized, after all), selecting whether to handle it yourself or hire professional movers might be difficult.
A Storage Place is here to help you store your valuable items that you don’t have space for in your new tiny home. Please contact us for further assistance!