There are benefits of moving into a smaller space, and there are also challenges. The benefits include saving money on rent and utilities. The struggles include the stress that can come with trying to decide what you are keeping and what you must get rid of. Here are some tips to help you get started.


Inventory Everything

You’ll need to start going through your items to decide what you will take and what you will get rid of. But before you can decide what you’re keeping, you’ll need to know what you actually have.


Making a comprehensive list of everything you own can help you understand what’s most important to you. Go through your home, garage, and storage units, and inventory absolutely everything. It can be helpful to categorize items by location (living room, family room, kitchen, etc.) or you can simply list out everything as one big group. This list is going to be the foundation of how you decide what you are taking with you, and what you will discard.


Measure Your New Space 

The second step is to figure out how much square footage you’ll have in your new space. You’ll want to set up a time to speak with your new apartment manager, landlord, realtor, or the people who previously owned your new home to get information about the floorplan.


It is best if you can get the exact measurements of your new space. Once you know the floorplan and exact measurements, you can compare that with your existing furniture and belongings to decide what can physically fit into your new place. Sometimes it isn’t a preference on whether or not you like the furniture you currently have; what determines if it will be moved with you is whether or not it will fit. Once you have the measurements of your new home, you can start to cut down on items that simply won’t fit.


Invest in Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Once you’ve inventoried all of your items and have the measurements for your new space and know what items won’t fit, you might not want to part with the ones that are too big. Beyond items that are too big, you might have items that would fit, but you’ve decided just aren’t something you want to put into your new space.


If there are items you want to keep, but don’t want to move into your smaller space, a great option is to get a storage unit. The best option for storage units is to rent a climate-controlled storage unit. This way your belongings will not only be protected from theft, they’ll also be protected from fluctuating temperatures, pests of any sort, and other unforeseen possible hazards.  


Prioritize Your Inventory

Next, you’ll need to prioritize your entire inventory list to decide what you’ll move into your new place, what you’ll move into storage, and what you will part ways with. There are many different ways you can go about deciding what you’ll keep, store, and discard. Deciding whether or not you can live without an item is a helpful way to make a decision. Another determining factor can be the value of the item, as you might want to keep high-dollar items. The value might not only be in dollars, but in sentimental value as well.


If you’re having a hard time deciding what to keep, set your list aside and come back to it later. The last thing you want to do is make hasty decisions because you’ve spent too many hours prioritizing your list. Give yourself ample time to make decisions on what you will keep.



Moving is the opportune time to get rid of the junk you’ve accumulated over the years. It’s easy to keep things you may not need when you have the extra space to store items, but once you start going through your belongings, you’ll realize just how many unnecessary items you own.


Be honest with yourself. If you know you are the type of person who wants to keep absolutely everything, ask a friend or family member to help you. That way, you have an objective person to help you determine whether or not you really need to keep each item. If you’re able to get rid of the junk you don’t need, you’ll have a less stressful move, and your new place will start out fresh with only the essentials you actually need.


Give Yourself Ample Time

Start as soon as possible. This whole process can take longer than you would think. If you run out of time to fully inventory and decide what you want to take with you, you’ll end up moving things you don’t need.


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