Top 5 Tips When Downsizing




Prévu works with many clients who are in various seasons in life.  Some of which are planning to downsize when moving to a new home.  They may have become empty nesters and no longer need such a large space. Some are moving into the new high rise properties being built all around the greater Houston area.  Others may want to move into a gated, townhome community to reduce their lawn maintenance.  Regardless of the reason, downsizing your space when moving to a new home can present a challenge. Prévu is here to help! We are experts at putting a plan into place to make the transition easier for our clients.


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Here are our top 5 tips to consider when downsizing your residence:


  • Start purging early! You have decided to move and are making plans to put your house on the market.  You will need to identify items in these three ways: Keep, Trash, and Donate. Start sorting these into bins.  This is the most difficult part because we are emotionally attached to our things.  However, there are ways to keep memories without keeping all the things.  Less does not mean none.  Perhaps the process of purging is too overwhelming to handle in one event.  If so, do what you can and then set a schedule to take it a step at a time while utilizing storage options for what will fit comfortably into your new home.   

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  • Reduce duplicate items and toss useless items. Do you have 4 measuring cups? How about 12 white wine glasses? Or 15 dish towels? Think about how often you really use all of these duplicate items and get rid of the extras. Maybe you only use the 12 wine glasses once a year at the holidays, but use 4 of them on a regular basis. Get rid of 8 and then when that once a year event occurs, consider borrowing or renting what you need.  Keep only the Tupperware that has a matching lid.  Get rid of the plastic cottage cheese container.  The frying pan without a handle?  Toss it!  Take stock of what you have and if necessary, invest in a good set of storage containers/lids and matching pots/pans.  Reduce the clutter and duplicates and you will be amazed at how much space you will save.

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  • Think about your new space. Maybe your new home will not have a closet in the foyer or a large linen closet in the hallway. Consider furniture and storage options that are multifunctional. A leather ottoman that has a storage space inside can store your winter blankets. End table with drawers can store seasonal table linens. A lovely armoire may be perfect for storing bath and bed linens.  Think outside of the box.



  • Deal with sentimental items. Do you still have your children’s sports trophies? Or their special baby clothes? Schedule a day with your family to purge your sentimental items.  Ask your adult children to take their memories to their own homes for safe-keeping.  Perhaps your son doesn’t want to keep all 10 football trophies, but would like to take a photo with all of them to preserve the memory of them before you toss them.  Do you have 3 sets of china from your family?  Why not keep a cup and saucer, or just a plate, from each set and use them as decorations in your home.  You can pass the rest along to other family members or send to a donation center.  Digitize documents and use tools such as Shutterfly to create memory books.  Getting your family involved will help you make these decisions.



  • After the purge, organize what you are taking with you. Take the “Keep” bins and organize them based on the layout of your new home.  You can take the floor plan for your new home and strategize the placement of your furniture and how to store the items you are keeping.  Being proactive early in the pre-move phase will save a lot of time once the packing, moving, and unpacking takes place.


One of the best ways to get your stress managed when relocating is to call on Prévu Relocation Concierge Services. We offer complimentary consultations and can tailor a plan to fit your needs. We can get you organized before your move and settled into your new home with our team of experts!