Maximize your move to a smaller living space

From convenience and the environment to life changes and the economy, many reasons exist to leave a large house for an urban loft or cozy bungalow.

Whatever the reason, the following steps for maximizing a move to smaller spaces can help you achieve a successful, stress-free move:

• Assess your new space to understand its physical limitations. Measure each room and determine what furniture will fit and what will have to go. Take photographs and sketch a layout.

• Assess items by their value and usefulness in your daily life. If you don’t touch it daily, don’t take it.

• Sort the remaining items into such categories as gifts, long-term storage, trash and donations. A clutter-free home also will “show” better to prospective buyers.