Top Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller House

Whether you’re leaving your large city house for a cottage by the sea or you’re temporarily relocating to an apartment half the size of your permanent residence, there may be a time where you need to downsize and prepare for life in a property smaller than what you’re used to. This may seem challenging, but if you prepare in advance you can make sure that you settle into your new home quickly and comfortably.

Here are our top tips:


Decluttering before any big move is advisable, but this is particularly important if you’re moving to a smaller property. This is your time to make a fresh start, so you don’t want to waste valuable space by cluttering your shelves with unwanted books, broken clocks or anything else that you could simply leave behind. Be realistic about what you truly need and what you could do without. To make room in your new house, throw away anything that’s broken and donate unwanted goods to charity. Alternatively, try our Door-2-Store service for an easier way to de-clutter.


Measure your new rooms

Narrow doorways, lower ceilings and smaller rooms could make it difficult for you to fit your existing furniture into your new home, so it’s important to measure each room before you attempt to do so. After all, realising that your bed takes up far too much space in your new bedroom, or that your kitchen appliances don’t fit comfortably, may cause a whole heap of problems if you only realise on moving day!

Find creative storage solutions

From clothes rails to discreet shelving, there are many great ways to make the most of your space – no matter how much you may have downsized! Finding creative storage solutions is essential to keeping your new home tidy and makes it easier to stay organised after the big move. Take advantage of any awkward nooks and crannies to really optimise your space, buy furniture with built-in storage and mount shelves where you can. Don’t have boxes? Check out our online shop!


Rent a storage unit

If you’re only downsizing temporarily or you think you may buy a larger house again in the future, you may not be willing to get rid of furniture and large electrical goods that could, one day, be of use to you again. In this case, it’s a good idea to find reliable storage solutions to take care of your belongings until the time is right. When you rent self-storage from a trusted company, you can rest assured that your goods will be kept safe in a secure place until you decide what to do with them.

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