10 tips when you relocate and downsize

It’s so much more than moving!!

10 tips to downsize and other helpful information discussed in this blog will provide you with a helpful guide to a Stress-Free, Rightsizing & Relocation experience.

If moving was only as simple as one, two, three boxes to pack away.

Making a move at any age can be difficult, stressful, and time-consuming. The process of rightsizing and relocation to a new home is overwhelming for most of us at any time irrespective of the number of years that we have lived in one home. Perhaps, the only major thing about the relocation process that is different from one person to the next is the number of years we have spent accumulating stuff and how much stuff will be moving with us. Apart from that, situations like divorce, cross-provincial moves, university student moves, office moves, and home cleanouts are also highly demanding and stressful processes in themselves.

Our friendly team members at Walle Declutter are qualified, compassionate people that offer assistance to older adults and their families, as well as other individuals and, businesses through the daunting process of decluttering, organizing, downsizing, and relocation. We understand your move is so much more than just a move. The guide that we have prepared will provide you with a checklist and ten tips to downsize and de-stress your move. 

Moving Management and hiring a Professional Organizer to oversee and assist with the process.

Amongst several other services offered by Professional Organizers, the process of moving and relocating is one of them. Professional Organizers assist their clients with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or staying in a functional home that provides dignity and autonomy to clients.

Why is Move Management needed now more than ever?

The numbers tell the story. The South African population aged 65 and over will proportionally increase from 5.7% to 10.5% with a total population size of 63 million people in 2050. This simply means that the number of people aged 65 years and older is growing and that in the future a large proportion of our population will consist of more older than younger people.

Today, many families are geographically dispersed and children are often not able to help with the moving process due to distance, career, and family obligations. For family members living far away, the barriers may be geographic. Many people do not have children or increasingly, their children are older adults themselves. If illness or death precipitates the move, the family is likely already drained both emotionally and physically. They would need help Professional Organizers can assist to fill these gaps and facilitate the transition for everyone involved. The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing a complex move can be overwhelming for the whole family. Seeking a professional organizer or considering the services of a service provider for the packing and unpacking, coordinating the move that is both experienced and insured can be life-changing. It can literally take all the stress out of the process of moving, relocating and provide you with the comfort and reassurance you need during the changing period.

Hiring a Professional Organizer to assist with managing your move.

Here are some helpful questions to ask when you are considering hiring a PO to manage your move.

  1. How long have you been providing move management services?
  2. Have you participated in any formal training?
  3. Are you fully insured for liability and workers’ compensation?
  4. Do you charge by the hour or per project?
  5. Can you provide references?
  6. Do you offer customized floor plans and layouts?
  7. Do you provide decluttering, organizing, and downsizing services?
  8. Do you arrange for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, consignment, donation, or a combination?
  9. Do you oversee, schedule, and interview movers?
  10. Do you provide packing and unpacking services or do you hire another company to do the packing and unpacking?
  11. Do you completely unpack, arrange furniture, and style the new home?
  12. What additional services can be expected from you? Items to consider:
    • House cleaning.
    • Covid-19 fogging.
    • Waste removal.
    • Estate Auction/ Furniture Auction.
    • Helping to prepare the home to be sold by staging and styling it.

Professional Organizers and Move Managers frequently assist individuals who choose to stay in their own homes, but simply require expert organizational skills and solid knowledge of having and maintaining functional spaces to help them achieve their goal of not moving anywhere, but improving their quality of life.

10 tips to downsize and de-stress your move!

  1. Start Happy – End Happy
    It is never too early to start with preparing for your move or to downsize. Begin with decluttering typical problem areas such as your garage, storeroom, closets, and file cabinets. Also, see our blog about how to declutter your garage in 13 guided steps.
  2. Get Generous
    Since you can’t take everything you own to your new home, now is the time to make arrangements to donate or gift some of your treasures to people in your life including, and especially family, helpful neighbors, friends, non-profit organizations you support, or a church in your neighborhood.
  3. Save your memories
    You may have boxes of old photos from every holiday, birthday celebration, and school graduations. What do you do with them? Ask your professional organizer about digitizing your photos and videos in a format easily shared on any device or have look at the service offered by a local company called Bumble box, which turns your little treasures artwork into beautiful, bespoke coffee table books.
  4. New looks for books
    If you own large quantities of books, you need to spend time downsizing your collections. Books occupy lots of space and are heavy to move. Consider donating some to charities, libraries, or old age homes or selling them to second-hand bookstores.
  5. Use it up. Don’t move it out
    Take an inventory of all the food you have. Canned and frozen foods as well as paper products. Plan to use as many of these products as possible before you move. If you simply have too many of these products consider passing them down to your local community shelter or church. Check if the PO you hire to manage the move has contacts they support that support feeding programs. You can also have your PO check for products that have expired and that you don’t want or will consume at your new home.
  6. Recycle hazardous products
    Take the time to put together a box or two of the household, yard, and automotive cleaning products, as well as paint that is considered hazardous which you can recycle by getting in touch with one of our professional organizers or other companies that offers to remove these items from your home. The majority of companies that offer this service do not charge for removing it.
  7. Don’t lose touch
    Make sure to inform all the relevant parties that should know that you will have a new address. These are all the service providers such as your utility service provider, housekeeper, and services you frequently use to maintain your home. Also, ensure to update your delivery address online when ordering food or products through apps.
  8. Space Plan Ahead
    Most Move Managers and Professional Organizers will be able to provide you with a customized floor plan of your new residence if they are overseeing the whole project from start to finish. Make sure to ask them for your customized floor plan as it will help to determine the pieces of furniture that will fit in your new home and the best location for each.
  9. Pack a Survival Bag
    Put together a survival bag for move day. It might include personal needs (Medication, eyewear, shower gel, other toiletries, change of clothes, and important documents);  Kitchen needs (Snacks, food, water, disposable cups, and plates as well as a foldup chair); Basic tools (Hammers, Screwdrivers, Flashlight, tape and so on); cleaning supplies (Handy Andy, Dishwashing liquid, a broom, and mop and refuge bags.
  10. Ask for help
    Don’t be shy to ask for help. Moving is not easy and you shouldn’t be doing it all by yourself. But don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help. Some of the downsizing steps take weeks or even months to plan for. The best place is to start enquiring here with us at Walle Declutter by making a booking or with the information you have read you can start with the basics yourself and reach out at a later stage.

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