There comes a time in our lives where we consider downsizing our homes. The reasons can include retirement, or that fact that you no longer have children living with you. It might be that you want to reduce your outgoings and feel a smaller mortgage payment or rent is suitable for life right now. Whatever the motivation is, it can be quite daunting.
We tend to grow into our homes, so if you are downsizing with bedrooms and living space this means that you may surplus amounts of stuff including furniture and trinkets that you need to do something with. So here are some suggestions to help you manage the downsizing process.
Declutter and get rid of unwanted things
One of the big issues people have when it comes to downsizing is the sheer volume of things they have accumulated where they are currently living. It is true that we grow into the homes we have, and therefore it is possible you have more stuff than room for it in your new place. Now is the ideal time to start decluttering your home. Getting rid of things you no longer want, or need in your life. Don’t think too much about your new place at this stage. The idea of decluttering is to be left with everything you do want, whether you have the space for it or not. You could donate to charity, you could sell unwanted things online on websites like eBay, or even give the times awa to friends and family. Doing this can be extremely therapeutic, and it shouldn’t just be furniture or things in your home that you tackle. Why not get rid of old clothes as well?
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Decide what stays with you and what goes
Once the decluttering stage is complete you are left with only the things you want, love or need in your life. So now comes the tricky decision. What will you take and what won’t be in your new home? This could be specifically down to the size of a room, or it might be that you only have enough space for a small number of things. The other items could be easily stored in a storage facility. You will find that there are plenty of storages units all around locally, and you are bound to find something close enough and reasonably priced for your things.
Storing means that you have them, should your situation change again in the future. For example, you may decide to move on once your financial position is a little better.
Consider clever storage idea sin your new home
Finally, once you have your new place it could be time to start thinking about clever storage you can include in your home. It might be that you can take more than you originally through thanks to storing them in a particular way. Websites like Pinterest or even just searching on Google will give you plenty of articles with suggestions.
Let’s hope that these tips help you if you find yourself downsizing in the future.
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