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4 Tips to Help You Downsize for a Move

Planning a downsize? Whatever your reason, use these four tips to help you live comfortably in your cozy new space.


Keep a limit on your items.

For items that we have a lot of – such as books, clothes, or collectables – it can be hard to draw the line when enough is enough. In this case, lay out a firm limit for yourself. For example, only as many books fit on the bookshelf, or 8 pairs of pants and 15 shirts.

Use the “1-year” rule.

The one year rule is the definitive guideline for determining whether you should keep something or throw it away. If you have used an item within the past year, it might be worth keeping. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to toss it out.

Opt for multi-purpose items.

If your goal is to save space, doesn’t it make sense to stock up on items with more than one function? For example, an ottoman with built-in storage space or a floor lamp that doubles as a coat hanger.

Have a plan.

Having a plan can help take some of the stress out of downsizing. Once you close on your new home or apartment, make note of how many square feet of space you have to work with – this will determine how much stuff you need to get rid of. Sketch up a floor plan of your new space to help you visualize it better if you need to.

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Tips for an Easy Basement Clean Out


Is there an item on your spring cleaning checklist that you have been putting off all season? For many homeowners, it’s cleaning out their basement. This area can quickly accumulate old furniture, appliances, and boxes full of junk, making cleaning a tall task.

If you are planning a basement clean out, here are four tips to help it go as smoothly as possible:

  • Take it one step at a time. If you have a lot of junk in your basement, cleaning it all out can be intimidating. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by taking everything one step at a time. Break up your basement into different sections, and focus on cleaning them one by one.

  • Allocate enough time. Be realistic with your expectations – don’t think an hour or two will be enough time to clean up a big mess. Set aside an entire weekend and dedicate it to cleaning out your basement. If you finish in less than your allocated time, consider the free time a bonus and use it to treat yourself.

  • Rent a dumpster. The junk from your basement isn’t going to fit in your standard garbage can. Renting a dumpster is an easy, convenient way to handle your inevitable waste disposal problem. Just have the container delivered, fill it up, and the company will return to haul it away. No driving back and forth to the dump.

  • Hire a junk removal service. If the stress of your basement clean out is getting the best of you, hire someone else to deal with the problem. A professional junk removal service will come to your home and take away all of your unwanted items for a modest price. They get the job done quickly, and you don’t have to lift a finger.

Cleaning out your Long Island home? Let the junk removal professionals at 866-We-Junk-It give you a hand! We offer a variety of waste management services including dumpster rentals, junk removal, and demolition projects. Visit us online or call 866-935-8654 for more information.