Measure once, then measure again
Bring a measuring tape along with you and, as you take a tour of your new home, measure areas where you plan to place larger furniture items. The last thing you want is to keep your old furniture and find out it won’t fit in your smaller space, so measure first and then determine whether you should get rid of the furniture you have. If you’re unable to walk through your new home, ask for a floorplan and decide what will fit. Bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms are all areas where every square inch counts.
Assess what you actually need
Ask yourself this question: if everything in your house suddenly disappeared, what would need to be replaced? Another way of thinking of it is taking inventory of your belongings. Go through every closet, drawer and bin and determine whether you really need something or whether you can live without it. It might also be helpful to divide your things into categories like “Need,” “Toss” and “Replace,” which will help you better determine what stays and what goes.