How to downsize and make the most out of your space

By Irene Gotley

When moving houses, you carefully consider which items you're going to take and the ones you don't need anymore. This becomes even more important when you're downsizing. Since your new home will be smaller than your current home and what you're used to in your current lifestyle, you should definitely be prepared to bid farewell to some of the things you might think you need but have no practical use for.

Here are our top 5 tips for how you can downsize and make the most out of your space.

Prepare for it early on

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The first step in downsizing is to make sure you get a head start and begin the process early. Think about what you need to clean and declutter and what you'll need for the new house in terms of furniture, cooking appliances, tools and other miscellaneous items. 

Putting this all down in a list will help you remember what you have and prevent you from forgetting anything. You can then simply check off the things you've packed and move onto the rest. 

Start with the big stuff

Knick knacks don't take up that much room so they can be saved for last. Larger items are a bit of a hassle to pack, unpack and move around since they're much heavier.

For this reason, be sure to take the time to think about whether you really need certain large items. For example, do you really need 3 sets of drawers? If you have duplicates of things, it's best to get rid of all except one so that you've got room to fit other things into your new home. 

"Be sure to measure the dimensions of your new home and get a feel for the layout."

Also make sure to measure the dimensions of your new home and get a feel for the layout. This will ensure that you have a clear picture of where your existing furniture will go and what you need to buy that will fit in those rooms. 

Check things twice

You don't want to forget anything, so remember to make yourself a list of the things you'll need in your new home and double check everything once you've packed it up. Sort everything into boxes that are labelled clearly, so you won't have to take everything apart and repack everything again. 

Also remember to go through your items and make sure that you're not taking anything that can't be used anymore. You'd be amazed at how many electrical cords and chargers get taken to a new home and just gather dust because you're no longer using the electronic paired with it. 

Think about storage before you move

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How are you going to store your things inside your new home? Have you assigned some space for your boxes and other storage instruments for when you get yourself settled? Where and how will your clothes be stored? Once you've decided on the larger pieces of furniture that are either built into your new home or will be moved in, this step should be relatively easy.

If you need to store things somewhere else before you move, or even afterwards if you can't fit everything into your new home, you can always rent a storage space for a period of time. Places such as Spacer are able to utilise the unused spaces of neighbours and other people within your area so that the items you're storing are easily accessible.

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Seek a second opinion

No matter how objective you think you're being, sometimes you might not be able to resist taking with you your high school memorabilia, as well as other things that you just don't have any use for. In the event that something like this occurs, make sure you have other people who can take a look at what you're bringing with you and give you their objective opinion. 

"No matter how objective you think you're being, sometimes you might not be able to resist taking with you your memorabilia..."

Perhaps they'll have a few suggestions of their own that you didn't think about and will help you change your mind about potentially hoarding things you don't need. 


There are many things to consider when you're moving to a smaller home. The first thing to come to grips with is the fact that you won't be able to take all the things you currently own with you. Since you're downsizing, you'll want to get rid of a fair few things so that everything else can comfortably fit in your new smaller home.

Also keep in mind that although you might start out with the best intentions, you might not be able to separate yourself from some of your more nostalgic mementos. Make sure you get a second or third opinion before moving your things to your new home.

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