If your PCS means downsizing to a smaller home, here are 5 tips to help you and your military family get comfortable with less space.
Military families know how to make any house into a home. At some point, we all find ourselves needing to downsize. It might be a cost saving measure as you re-work the budget. Whatever the reason, moving to a smaller home presents a challenge – one that these 5 tips will help you meet!
1. Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need
The most obvious tip on the list is to purge all your stuff that you don’t need or use. In your previous home you might have had a room or extra space for excess; you won’t anymore. You’ll need to get rid of them. With limited space, you don’t have the luxury of holding onto things “you might use some day.”
Consider having a tag sale to make some extra cash and donating.
2. Rent a Storage Unit
There’s a good chance that you’ll have a lot of things you’ll no longer have space for that you don’t want to part with when downsizing. Renting a storage unit can be a great solution to store all of your sentimental things that you don’t want to get rid of, but also don’t use on a daily basis.
Pro tip: Make sure to include your storage unit’s number on your rental insurance incase items are damaged or stolen.
3. Invest in Multi-Purpose Furniture
When downsizing for a PCS, you may not have room for a desk, bookshelves, or storage cabinets. Consolidating pieces of furniture might be a necessity if space is limited. Being picky and measuring your space before making furniture purchases will save you and your military family from a lot of headaches.
4. Don’t bring things that you didn’t unpack on your last move
When your PCS move has been finalized and planning has begun, look around your house for items and carboard boxes that were never opened. Military families are always on the move, and things that weren’t unpacked on your last move probably aren’t going to be needed in your next house, especially when you’re downsizing. Consider having a garage sale or donating these items to reduce your clutter.
5. Make Use of Your Walls
With your limited space, it’s important to find a use for every square inch available. Walls are useful in providing more than structure and privacy. Use them for storage and decor! Mount your TV to the wall and ditch your bulky entertainment center..
We’re Ready to Help Military Families
Realogy Military Rewards is ready to support you with PCS military moving tips and all of your needs when downsizing. In addition to working with an expert agent, you can earn $350-$7,500 in cash back after closing.
When you’re ready to get started, please call 1-800-752-3642 to speak with a Realogy Military Rewards Advocate or visit Realogy Military Rewards today and hit “Sign Up”. We have also partnered with Shyft to help take the stress and complexity out of moving. Shyft matches you with the very best providers and offers you multiple quotes for your move.