6 Quick Tips to Downsizing Your Home

Thinking of downsizing? These tips will help you get organized and ready for the big move.

Guest Post by Andrea Davis

Downsizing is a big step for any homeowner. If you’re considering moving to a smaller home, deciding what stays and what goes is difficult. Use these six tips to help you cut the clutter before your big move.

1. Make a must-keep list

Deciding what to keep is the toughest part of downsizing. Begin by making a list of must-have items. Organize your most cherished possessions first and throw away everything else.

2. Get an early start

Begin downsizing at least three months before your move. Take a little time each day to clean out a drawer or a closet. Or, dedicate one morning per week to larger areas like attics and basements. Parting with possessions is physically and emotionally draining. Throwing away items is less intimidating when it’s broken up into manageable pieces.

3. Know your measurements

Make sure to measure your cabinet and closet space before you move in. You can use these measurements as a guide when deciding what to keep.

4. Tackle the easy tasks first

Begin your downsizing in less sentimental areas of your home. Your kitchen and garage collect lots of junk that’s easy to throw away. But, don’t be too hasty. Carefully consider lawnmowers, power tools and specialty cooking equipment before you part ways.

5. Take photos

Take pictures of your belongings before you begin your move. Documenting your home is a tactic that’s helpful for children who have a hard time saying goodbye to certain toys or stuffed animals.

6. Hire a professional organizer

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of lightening your load, enlist the help of a professional organizer. Some organizers specialize in helping homeowners transition into smaller spaces. These specialty movers have experience with the emotional and logistical challenges of downsizing.


Downsizing is a big project, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. You may not be able to keep everything you own, but you can hang on to the things that matter most to you. With careful planning and these helpful tips, adapting to your new lifestyle will be no problem.



Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+

Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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  1. Lisa Polito
    August 11, 2016

    Telling people to throw away items is crazy.
    Perfectly good items shouldn’t be thrown away and no one wants to throw away pieces they’ve chosen.

    How about, sell, give away, donate, etc?

    August 12, 2016

    I like your articles, I repost to my Facebook page. They’re well written and I feel confident in doing so because it’s Coldwell Banker approved so no one can complain or take issue with anything that I post to Twitter Facebook etc.

  3. Dave Pillow
    August 23, 2016

    Such a timely article as Ive been seriously considering downsizing.. I didn’t even think about taking measurements of my couch. Its kind of one of those things that you just assume will work… would hate to find out the hard way that it doesn’t. Thanks!

  4. Spencer and Emily
    December 12, 2016

    We’ve been downsizing, but I never thought about taking pictures ahead of time. Great idea.

    One thing we did do, was started the list of “must keep” but then doing a couple more of “donate” “sell” and “give away”. We could add to these at any time, even when we were traveling.

    • Victoria Keichinger
      December 12, 2016

      Glad you found the post useful, Spencer and Emily! Sounds like you’re already off to a great start. We wish you all the best in your journey finding your next home. Please let us know if Coldwell Banker can help in any way!


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