4 Ways to Downsize Before Moving

Thinking of downsize before moving?

You know that moving is expensive, but did you know that keeping extra stuff around can be just as costly? When you move into a new home—especially one with less square footage than your last—you have to make room for all of your belongings. If you don't have the space, it's time to get rid of stuff. And while some items are easy to part with, others might be harder to let go. But don't worry: We've got a few tips on downsizing before moving so you can lighten up your load and save some cash in the process!

Downsize your furniture and decorations

You know the drill: you have to get rid of your stuff. Before you start packing up your belongings, take a look around and see what's not being used or loved anymore. If it's just taking up space in your home and isn't bringing any joy, it's time to say goodbye.

To start this process, consider downsizing furniture and decorations that are no longer necessary for living in your new place. If some pieces don't fit the décor of where you're going next or just aren't necessary anymore (like extra bedding), donate them or sell them on Craigslist--but only if they're in good condition! You don't want to leave behind something that could be useful for someone else if it looks like garbage because then nobody will want it!

Donate items you no longer need

Donate items you no longer need to charity. There are tons of places that will love to take your stuff. You can donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army, but there are also smaller organizations that would appreciate your donations too!

Give away items you no longer want to friends or family members who might have a use for them. If they don't have any use for them, then maybe they know someone who does!

You can also sell your unwanted items online to make a little bit of extra cash. Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook are all great places to list your items.

Sell items you no longer use

Sell the stuff you don't need.

This may seem obvious, but it's often overlooked when people are downsizing their homes. The easiest way to do this is by using sites like Craigslist or eBay; however, if those aren't options (or if you want a more personal touch), then try Facebook Marketplace or even your local paper's classifieds section.

If all else fails and no one wants your stuff, then consider holding a garage sale!

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Have a garage sale or give away items as gifts

Garage sales are great for getting rid of clothes and household items that don't fit into your new life--and they're also a great way to make some extra cash! You could even get some friends together and host an estate sale if there are lots of things left over after the garage sale is over.

If you'd rather give away items than sell them at a garage sale (or if there aren't enough people interested), consider starting with family members who might want whatever item(s) you have lying around--especially if they live nearby or plan on visiting soon!

Save money by downsizing before you move

You don't want to waste money on moving things you don't need, and you also don't want to spend more than necessary on storage. By simply getting rid of these extra items, you can save a fortune when the move comes. Less stuff means less moving labor, which means less cost! If you haven't used something in a while in your current home, why pay to have it come and sit in your new home for no reason?


Downsizing is a great way to save money on moving, and can really make it feel like you're making a new start. If you're looking for ways to downsize before you move, consider some of these tips we've covered here today. And if you need help with the move itself, fetch a quote from Top Dog Movers!