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  • Writer's pictureAlisha Pangburn

"Is Downsizing Before Moving Worth It? The Hidden Benefits Revealed"

Moving Boxes on Floor of Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting journey, filled with the promise of new beginnings. At the same time, it's also considered one of life’s most stressful events.  But, with a little planning and preparation ahead of time, the moving process can be manageable and even transformative.  One of the main steps to help reduce stress is to downsize before moving.  Depending on your situation, downsizing may be a quick and easy process.  For others, it may take a long while to go through many years of accumulation.  I always recommend to start

downsizing NOW if you are moving within the next couple of years.  

A clock, a money savings jar, and leafy carbon footprint
There are many benefits to downsizing before you move:
  • Reduces Moving Costs: Downsizing your belongings can significantly cut down on moving expenses. Fewer items mean fewer boxes, less packing material, and possibly a smaller moving truck, all of which can lead to substantial savings.

  • Eases the Moving Process: With fewer items to pack, load, and unload, the physical and logistical aspects of moving become much simpler. This can make the moving process less stressful and more manageable, especially for those tackling the move without professional movers.

  • Simplifies and Reduces Time: Fewer items mean less packing and unpacking. This can significantly reduce the time and stress involved in moving, allowing you to settle into your new home more quickly.

  • A Little Extra Cash: Selling items you no longer need can provide additional funds to help with moving expenses or to decorate your new space.

  • Encourages Decluttering: Downsizing is an excellent opportunity to declutter, allowing you to reevaluate what items are truly necessary or bring joy. This process can lead to a more organized and clutter-free lifestyle in your new home.

  • Facilitates a Fresh Start: Moving with only the essentials or items you truly love can symbolize a fresh start. It offers the chance to reconfigure your living space in a way that suits your new lifestyle.

  • Increases Flexibility in Housing Options: With fewer possessions, you may find a wider range of housing options available to you. Smaller spaces often come with lower rent or purchase prices, as well as reduced utility and maintenance costs, making them more affordable and possibly more desirable.

  • Emotional Release: Letting go of possessions can be an emotional process but also a cathartic one. Downsizing before a move can help you release attachments to the past, making room for new experiences.

  • Promotes a More Sustainable Lifestyle: Downsizing can lead to a more eco-friendly lifestyle by reducing the quantity of goods you consume and eventually discard. This not only benefits the environment but can also foster a more mindful and sustainable approach to living. 

  • Improves Quality of Life: By focusing on keeping items that are functional or bring happiness, downsizing can enhance your overall quality of life. A less cluttered space can lead to a clearer mind, reduced anxiety, and increased satisfaction with your living environment.

A happy couple unpacking boxes in their new home

Downsizing before a move is more than just getting rid of stuff; it's about making a positive change in your life. It's an opportunity to reassess what's important, reduce stress, and start anew in your new home.


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Alisha Pangburn, Certified Professional Organizer®

Alisha Pangburn, owner of Sort Your Nest is a Certified Professional Organizer® in the Greater Silicon Valley, CA. She helps clients get unstuck and get started on their organization journey. She believes if you "organize your space, you can transform your life." Alisha is a proud member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), serving on the Education committee and a member of the Women's Networking Alliance (WNA), serving as the President of her chapter. She is a lover of dogs, people, fitness.... and coffee!!


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