Downsizing your home doesnÕt need to be a bad thing. There are an absolute variety of positive reasons to consider downsizing your home. Have your children left home and you are ready to move into a luxury condo? Maybe a small home suits your finances better. Maybe you are just after a home that is easier to keep clean and promotes family bonding. No matter what your reason for downsizing, consider these 6 tips to make sure you do it right!
Make note of your Òmust haveÓ home items.
One of the hardest parts of an effective downsize is deciding what items you want to take into your new home. To make this easier on yourself, make a list. Pick items that you simply cannot live without and add them one by one. Items that donÕt make can your list can likely be sold, given to charity or even thrown away. If youÕre going from a house to a condo, the selection can be made easier. For example, your lawn mower, snow shovels and rakes will not be needed.
Get a feel for a smaller space.
Smaller rooms can feel uncomfortable if you donÕt first get some sort of feel for them. When you know the square footage of your bedroom and other major rooms in the new home, compare them with rooms in your current home that are a similar size. Consider how you will lay things out; make sure you have sufficient space for storage, furniture and for moving around. Understanding this lessened home space can also be effective in motivating you to get rid of some of the near Ômust haveÓ items.
Thin out your belongings before the move.
Attempting to get rid of things in the days before you move is a daunting task. Take time in the weeks leading up to your move date, to go through jammed-packed closets or drawers. Look through old photos and filing cabinets. This process can be much more extensive than you initially consider, so take your time and give yourself plenty of time to take.
Label bins for organising Items.
When you are going through your storage items as well as everyday use items it is important to keep the different items organised. Simple bin labels like ÒkeepÓ ÒgarbageÓ, ÒcharityÓ and ÒsellÓ can make the process much easier, efficient and rewarding. This also makes getting rid of some of your thing less difficult as you can see that they may help another person, make you money or simply stop taking up space.
Do not prematurely throw things away.
It can seem easier to start purging through piles of papers, photos, and other items by immediately throwing them away. Though consider what items hold personal value to you before throwing them away. Also think about, whether you could sell these items or if you could donate them to a local charity or thrift store. There can often be better uses for items than going to a landfill. Once the garbage is taken there no getting these items back.
Prearrange Your Furniture.
Once your downsized home has been selected, you can obtain blueprints or other pictures that showcase the size of your new rooms. Make plans for how you would arrange your furniture in the new room sizes. This allows you to not only fully understand how it will be to live in the home but can also help convince you of some furniture that needs to go. A full prearrange is an effective step in preparing for your upcoming property downsize.