More and more people are opting to downsize their homes. Smaller homes are less costly and less maintenance, making them appealing to us who want to spend less time on mindless cleaning and laboring chores. If you’re thinking about downsizing, the hardest part is deciding how much you’ll be taking from your large home to your smaller home. Make sure to do your research before picking a smaller home, and make sure you have enough space for all the larger furniture that you want to keep. There are plenty of things you can do in advance to make the transition to a smaller home easy. Here are three helpful tips to follow when downsizing.
If you’re downsizing, you’ll have to say goodbye to some items. If you have a lot of oversized furniture, there will more than likely be items that won’t fit in your new home. You’ll need to consider selling, donating, discarding, or storing these pieces.
It’s tempting to save items that you think you may need/want in the future. Don’t hold on to the “just in case” items. The clutter that helped fill your old home may crowd your new, smaller home.
It’s important to understand that your new home won’t have as much storage space than your old home had; however, this can be a positive! Less storage space means you’ll be able to find things more quickly and the majority of your items will have a clear and defined place. You’ll have to purge some items, but always keep what’s important to you. You don’t need to rid yourself of the items you like, just don’t hold on to unnecessary things that will take up your limited storage space. If you have a tendency to accumulate a lot, try to bring less clutter items into your new home. You can also adopt the habit of “one in, one out”. For every item you bring into your new home, discard or donate another.