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How to Pack: Downsize items when you move into an apartment

It is important to cut down on unnecessary items when moving to an apartment.

It is important to cut down on unnecessary items when moving to an apartment.

If you are looking to move from a house to an apartment setup, it is important to keep in mind that you are likely about to enter a dwelling that is far smaller than your current setup. This could force you to leave behind many items when packing, and having a set strategy can help get you in your new apartment without bringing too many items you cannot fit.

You will want to visit the apartment before you move and measure the rooms. However, keep in mind that while you may have furniture that will fit in the apartment, it may not fit into the building. Stairwells, elevators and entrance ways will also need to be examined to ensure that you can comfortably bring the items in. If the only way to get some items in is to scale several flights of stairs with heavy furniture, you may want to rethink your strategy.

A fully-furnished home will force you to decide which large items you need to leave behind. Beds are a must, and you should keep in mind that these need to fit in the rooms you are about to move in to. While you may have already measured, you need to keep in mind that multiple items may not be able to comfortably stay in the apartment at the same time, even if they fit.

If closets are smaller, you may want to cut down on clothes and shoes. It could be difficult, but taking extra time before your move can make this less stressful. In addition, if you have a kitchen table and a dining room table, one may not be able to make the trip with you.

Take your time when planning your move, as it could help you have a good idea about what you will transfer, and what you will leave behind when the moving company arrives.