Downsizing and Moving Tips-
#1- Don’t move furniture unless you have an EXACT spot and it is the PERFECT thing for that space-
#2- Pack by room and Declutter as you pack-
Rather than trying to pack all the books in the entire house in one box or all the clothes together pack by room. I think this is a common packing practice. But when you do it this way you can follow my Organizing Checklist and declutter as you pack! (Print your own HERE). I can’t stress this enough. Do not think you will declutter when you unpack. Do not waste everyones valuable time by packing things that you do not honestly use.
#3- Second guess the Storage Room-
You know how the storage room is already boxed up so it is easy to just pick up the boxes and put in the moving truck? Don’t do it. We did it. So we moved 12 boxes of my girls baby and little girl clothes with us! I knew we might have another child but who knew if it would be a boy or a girl and by the time we had another it was 5 years later. Baby clothes and kids clothes you can find for great prices, it cost way more to move it all. I should have went thru and picked out favorite things and really done that before I packed it away. I just thought that is what I was supposed to do! Also really question your seasonal decor before you move it, chances are you will not have the exact same home and need or want the same seasonal decor, I know I didn’t! Especially with downsizing. (Thankfully I was able to give all 12 totes of girl clothes to a couple who didn’t have much and had just had a baby girl in our church. It was a lesson, not a mistake).
#4- Examine Lifestyle and Entertaining Changes-
We had a 3200 square foot home that had a huge basement for entertaining. We hosted 25+ people for Thanksgiving every year. Had birthday parties with 25+ people. I didn’t consider the fact that we were moving AWAY from our large family and large group of friends. As sad as it sounds our lifestyle would not be the same. We would never have 25+ people in the 1200 square foot home we were moving to again. Did I need to move that giant turkey roaster? Did I need to bring the three gravy boats? Or the 3 different sets of dinnerware? NO! Did I? YES. I should have offered it to family and friends before wasting the energy to pack and move it all.
#5- Question Everything-
At the end of the day, become a questioner. I am actually a questioner by nature. We had moved before, just 20 miles each time, not 2,000 miles. The tricky part was we had MORE than enough help to help us pack everything up. So it was easy to bring EVERYTHING. But after the moving truck showed up 2.000 miles away from all that help in December (freezing cold) it was just Kevin, myself and my sister who flew with us to our new home. We should have hired help or paid for family to come. So if I really would have thought about that and questioned everything before packing ALL the stuff I did I would make drastic changes. I hope I inspired you to do so too. Because it was a really hard week that I don’t want anyone to go through. Question it all. Question what it in your home now!
These are the only photos I could find of our Utah home. Wish I had more to share. It had three bathrooms, 6 bedrooms, two family rooms, one kitchen on the main floor and another smaller kitchen (that had a stove added after these pictures), two laundry rooms and two storage rooms. It doesn’t look as big as it was on the inside. The basement was also a walk-out basement. I really would never do that again. I did not like how far away the backyard was from the kitchen. I love our new home that the kids can be in the back and I can see and hear them. Also we rarely used the basement, just for parties.
Ok are you ready to see inside our Utah home? A lot of these shots are vignette shots- wish I had larger photos of the space. And I wish I had photos of the laundry room, I had an old door we hung on the hinges and painted blue. But this is better than nothing!