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Should You Downsize Your Possessions When You Move?

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January 6, 2020

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Getting ready to move and thinking about downsizing your belongings? One of the best times to decide if there are items you can part with is when you're about to move.

An important part of organizing your move is to create an inventory, so the timing is perfect to take a look at everything you've accumulated and decide where to trim the fat. The thought of packing up everything you own and hauling it to a new location usually makes people more willing to part with things as well.

Moving doesn't necessarily mean you have to get rid of any of your things, however. If you're trying to decide if it's time to clean house (so to speak), ask yourself these questions first.

Questions to Ask Before Downsizing

If you do decide to downsize, you'll want a plan of attack. Otherwise, you risk accidentally getting rid of things you still want or need or getting overwhelmed by the process.

How to Downsize Before a Move

Whether you want to downsize your possessions or not, if you're moving you should start by creating an inventory of your home. A moving inventory will make your whole process smoother (downsizing as well as moving) and help you ensure everything gets moved safely.

The most logical way to create your inventory is according to each space in your home (kitchen, master bedroom, office, etc.). You can multitask while making your inventory by adding a column to note downsizing categories like: keep, throw, donate, sell, or gift. If you aren't sure what to do with an item yet, leave it blank.

A Few More Tips for Downsizing

Bonus: How to Keep Your Home Clean & Organized Long After the Move

When All Else Fails, Store It

If you need more time to decide the fate of your belongings or just a temporary storage solution while you're moving, AAA Movers has your back. AAA is Minnesota's number one full-service mover — we've been making moving easy for over 50 years!

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