April 8, 2024

How to Downsize Your Long-Distance Move

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Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, but when it comes to long-distance moves, the logistics can quickly become overwhelming—especially if you’ve accumulated tons of stuff over the years.

Downsizing before your long-distance move not only lightens your load but also saves you time, money, and most importantly, stress!

Hold On…What Is Downsizing?

Simply put, downsizing is the process of moving to a smaller home. Whether that means moving from a large to a small home, from a home to an apartment, or even if you’re making the transition from an apartment to a tiny home or RV, there are several ways (and reasons) to downsize.

Because you’re moving into a smaller place, you most likely won’t be bringing every item along with you in the move. As a moving company in Nashville that specializes in long-distance moves, we know the challenges these types of moves can bring and we want to share some helpful tips on how to downsize effectively.

Start Planning Early

You’ll always want to start planning early, no matter the distance of the move. But for long-distance moves in particular, you’ll want to start about 3-4 months in advance so you’re not waiting until the last minute to start reducing your items.

Give yourself plenty of time to sort through your belongings and make decisions about what to keep, toss, or donate. Tackling this process in manageable chunks can help you avoid feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

Assess Your Space

Before you do any sort of decluttering, consider the space in your new home. What does the layout look like? What storage spaces (closets, apartment building storage, etc.) will you have? How does the overall size compare to your current residence?

Doing this assessment will help you determine how much you can realistically take with you and what may need to be left behind.

Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

Sort and Organize

Start by sorting your things into different categories, like clothes, kitchen items, documents, keepsakes, furniture, etc. As you go through each category, be honest with yourself about what you really need and/or use regularly. If the item still serves a purpose in your life or brings you joy—thanks, Marie Kondo method–keep it! If not, if may be time to part ways.

Donate or Sell

Items that appear to be in good condition but no longer need to be a part of your life can be donated to local charities or sold through online marketplaces or yard sales.

Toss Responsibly!

If you no longer use certain things or if they’re in poor condition, consider getting rid of them. Many communities offer recycling programs for electronics and household items. Check with your local community to find out what’s available and where to do so. We always recommend tossing items away responsibly, so they don’t just end up in a landfill if they don’t need to.

Consider Storage Options

We understand that you may have trouble parting with certain items after you’ve gone through everything. If you don’t want to get rid of it but you know it won’t fit in your new home, consider renting a short- or long-term storage unit. You’ll be able to hold onto items that hold sentimental value or seasonal items you can’t part with without cluttering up your brand-new space. Just be sure you’re choosing a reputable facility that has secure, climate-controlled units.

Hire Professional Movers to Help

Downsizing before a long-distance move is essential for a smooth, stress-free transition to your new home. Moving companies—like Move On—exist to make your life easier. Choosing the right movers that provide the full set of moving services you need for your move to Nashville (or from Nashville to your next adventure!) can make all the difference. Start planning now by receiving your free long-distance moving estimate today!


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