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How to downsize for a Brooklyn move

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One of the biggest challenges of us apartment dwellers is the fact that, more often than not, we have to downsize. For me, the time has come to downsize for a Brooklyn move, so I figured there were more people out there like me. For those of you who go through the same thing, I have prepared a few tips and tricks that could make it easier on you. However, there are no miracles. It is not going to be easy. But it is going to be doable, and I’ll show you how!

Small apartment furniture
Your small apartment will not be able to fit everything.

If you are going to downsize for a Brooklyn move, there are some hard choices ahead. There are certain things you are going to have to say goodbye to. On another hand, if there are items that simply cannot fit in your new apartment, but you have to have them, you can resort to cheap storage Brooklyn. It won’t be ideal, but at least you get to keep the things you are attached to.  This is, in fact, the most difficult part of every downsize. You have to get rid of items, and given that you own them – you must have a story behind it. To me, it never gets easy. But it has to be done. This is why we prepared a few tips and tricks on how you can make it somewhat easier.

Preparing to downsize for a Brooklyn move

The thing is since some things have to go, make sure that the least important things do. There are several steps to take, and it will require a pen and paper. It might sound tedious at first, but there is a good reason behind it. It will all make more sense towards the end of the process.

You will need to do a classification of your belongings. The more belongings you have – the more difficult this task is. But it is something that needs to be done beforehand. After the first classification is done, you will be left with items that are going to be part of your attempt to downsize for a Brooklyn move. This will lead to some difficult choices, but since you know some things have to go, there is no going around it. As one of my favorite villains would say: dread it, run from it, downsizing comes all the same.

Belongings classification

You will do the initial classification in order to know what has to stay and what could go. You will essentially make a list of everything you own, more or less. Avoid any perishables. Create two columns, one of which will be called ‘must have’ and the other ‘nice to have’. You will be surprised as to how many things are actually nice to have. But, in order for this to work you need to be realistic. You can’t place nice to have things into the must-have column. It defeats the purpose of the entire classification process. Remember, if you wish to downsize for a Brooklyn move, you have to prepare for hard choices.

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It all starts with an elaborate list.

Once you have your list done, and your ‘must have’ column populated, you leave it aside. Now it is time to focus on the ‘nice to have’ things. Out of the ‘nice to have’ things pile you will immediately recognize things that simply cannot go, and they must stay. Your first electric guitar is one of them, for example. It is not essential, but there is no way you are going to get rid of it.

Nice to have things – how often do you use them?

The policy that always ended up working for my belongings purge was the usability question. You need to be honest with yourself and ask the question – have I used this item in the past three months? To me, if the answer is no, I would immediately consider getting rid of it. If you have something that is just staying there but has no purpose or collectors value, this is a red light. This is the first sign of hoarding.

Basically, if it has any lack of sentimental value, and you are not using it for anything, it should be on the top of your purge list. When you become a bit objective, and think about it, you will be surprised how many of the ‘nice to have’ things you don’t really need. And this moment is crucial. This is when you will start feeling a sense of relief. Frightening at first, and not so scary at this stage, the path to downsizing for a Brooklyn move is now clear.

Downsize for a Brooklyn move – how do you get rid of your stuff?

There are several ways, but you should always be smart about it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. First, see with your friends and family if there are some of your purged things that they would like to have. You could make someone’s day by giving them something you would otherwise throw away.

Another way to go about doing this is to make a garage sale of sorts. Basically, why throw it away if you can turn it into a few bucks. Moving is expensive, so every extra dollar counts!

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Share with your friends what you don’t need.

Last, but not least, you could make a donation to a school or a library, for example. There are a lot of shelters too, so the items you would otherwise throw away could make a lot of difference for someone!

For everything else regarding your Brooklyn relocation, Brooklyn movers and storage are more than happy to help out. All you have to do is contact us and let’s discuss what your needs may be.

We are more than eager to hear from you!

Good luck!

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Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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