Moving is always an ordeal, but a great deal of attention is paid to the worry and fret of moving into a smaller space. Indeed, downsizing can be tricky, but more often than not, you will relocate into a larger space — and that brings its own suite of troubles.

If you are about to embark on a move into a larger space, here are some tricks and tips you need to do it with success and avoid the common pitfalls of upsizing.

Downsize First

It might seem counter-intuitive, but the truth is that by taking the time to get rid of the stuff you don’t need before you move, you can fill up your larger space with functional possessions instead of useless junk. Plus, by downsizing first, you can cut the expense of the move and reduce the amount of effort you expend in unpacking and sorting in your new space.

There are dozens of downsizing methods — and not one of them is objectively the best. While plenty of movers automatically hop onto the latest decluttering fad, you should stick to the downsizing method that works for you. This might mean trying out a few different styles at the beginning of your move before you find your ideal solution. Some methods you might consider include:

  • The Konmari Method: Hold each item, and decide whether it brings you function or joy. If it does neither, you can easily discard it.
  • The Four Box Method: Sort your belongings into four distinct piles: keep, donate, trash and sell. This makes it easier to get rid of the stuff you don’t want once you reach that phase.
  • The Packing Party: Put everything you own into boxes, and only take things out as you need them. Anything left in the boxes after 21 days can go.
  • The 90/90 Rule: Recall whether you have used an item within the last 90 days or expect to use in the forthcoming 90 days. If neither, you can get rid of it.

Live in the Space

During your downsizing, you should have tossed dozens of small possessions as well as a few big items. However, you shouldn’t rush out and fill your empty space right away. Instead, you should spend a few weeks living in your larger space, so you can determine what you truly need.

This is especially important when it comes to furniture. Having too much furniture in a room will make it feel cramped, even if it is 500 square feet. You should start by moving in the bare essentials, like a small couch and a simple dinette set, and then you can make a list of the items required by the space as you identify them.

Build a Budget

You shouldn’t rush out to buy the items you need as soon as you know you need them. First, this almost guarantees that you don’t get the items that truly fit your space and style. Secondly, it will almost certainly break the bank and cripple your chances of a healthy financial future.

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A smarter strategy is to build a budget for filling your space with the items you need. For example, if you know you need an entertainment center to hold your television set, video game consoles and other media, you should research the styles you like and note their price points.

Then, you should adhere to a budget that allows you to save adequately to acquire the entertainment center within a few months. When you need to pay for multiple items at once, you will need to prioritize certain pieces over others. Regardless, you should focus on quality of your items over quantity, especially if you are moving into a space that you expect to remain in for some time.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Help

While you should try to minimize the expense of filling your larger space, you shouldn’t be afraid of asking for additional services when you need them. For example, in large cities like Phoenix, furniture assembly services and delivery services might be mandatory. Though this will add to your costs, they will ensure your items arrive safe and are properly installed in your new home.

You might also ask friends and family to help you organize and fill your space. Often, family members are eager to donate belongings they no longer want, and you can use this stuff until you can afford to buy your own. Loved ones will also help you move, paint or perform other tasks that transform your new space into a home.

If you don’t take care to move into a larger space in an organized manner, you could be living in chaos for years to come. Be smart about what you move, how you spend and whom you ask for help, and you will thrive with room to grow.