3 Ways to Downsize Before Your Next Move

Moving might not always be fun, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Believe it or not, with a little help from your friends, family, and the Oyster Bay post office, you can pack up your house and move in no time!


  1. Be Prepared and Ask for Help

Packing isn’t a solo job – even if you live by yourself. Asking for help from your friends and family can be a big help. You can also hire a full-service mover to ease the burden of moving. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is by enlisting the help of people you know or paying something to help with your move. You can even make it fun by hosting a “moving party” with free food and a good movie. (Plus, it gives you a nice send-off from your old home to the new one!)


You will also want to write out a list with everything that you need to downsize, and tackle that first. When starting a list, you want to keep in mind the size of your new home, what items you can part with, and keep everything organized from start to finish.


  1. Pack with Purpose and in Order

Get an early start with packing. The general rule is to start packing one to two months before your move-out date, starting with your storage and least-used items, and moving to more used items as that date approaches.


You should leave your most frequently used daily items (i.e., cellphone, laptop, purse, or bag) until the day of, to ensure they don’t get lost and that you have access to them. While you’re downsizing, determine the items that you want to keep and sort the items that you no longer want or have space for in your new home.


It’s essential to keep everything organized. Once you’re moving into your new place, simple things like labeling the boxes as you pack them will end up saving you a lot of time. Be sure that you don’t overburden the boxes, as it may be too heavy to lift or break open as you’re moving.


  1. Sell Unused and Unwanted Items

One of the best ways to start downsizing your stuff is to sell off anything that you no longer want, or that won’t fit into your new house.  While garage sales used to be popular, selling online can be a lot easier. It’s a lot less stressful, and all you have to do is mail your packages using your local Oyster Bay post office.


It’s a lot less clutter to sell unwanted items online, and you don’t have to worry about making change or depositing cash into your account – everything is done online. You can donate any leftovers to your local Goodwill, which may even help with taxes.


Final Thought

With a little help and some determination, not only can you get your place packed up, you can add a little cash to your account and maybe even earn a tax break at the end of the year!  So don’t stress about your upcoming move. Your new home is waiting, and the move will be over soon.

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