If your big kids are getting ready to leave the nest, or you are just ready for a smaller living space there are a few things that you need to do in advance.
Downsizing is one of the best ways to save a lot of cash on the cost of your home and also live with less fuss and less stuff.
If you like the sound of that, then here are a few things to think about as you begin the downsizing process.
If you are moving from a bigger home to a smaller one, one of the things you will have a lot of is stuff. There will be storage spaces filled with things you use and things you don’t. Wardrobes heaving with clothes you don’t fit into, or perhaps don’t want any more.
As you browse the local real estate websites, you should also be making a note of what needs to go.
It is essential that you start early, and leave yourself enough time to take care of the task properly. Decluttering comes in many forms, but the key to it – is making sure you have less stuff left at the end of it.
A good rule of thumb is to start three months before you need to hand over your keys and pick up the new ones.
Once you have settled on a new home, the paperwork is done, and the offer is accepted – you can start planning. Your new space will have less footage! Use the blueprints and the floor plans to create a mock-up of what will go where. You might just find that your gorgeous corner sofa isn’t going to have anywhere to go.
Knowing the size of the space that you will fit into is essential. The floor plans of the home will allow you to get more specific with what you keep and what you decide to get rid of.
Downsizing your home can be a fantastic opportunity to live a more relaxed lifestyle. With less stuff to think about, and less to clean and tidy, you free up a lot of time. It can be a fascinating time, especially for those who have been taking care of children for many years.
If t is the lifestyle changes that you are looking forward to, then here are a couple of questions you can ask in the quest to decide if you should be downsizing your home or not:
- What will you be looking forward to about having less in your home?
- Will you be freeing up extra cash by downsizing?
- Is there anything that would make you hesitant about downsizing your current home to a smaller one?
After the big declutter and clearout, you might be tempted to start rebuying everything you left behind. In general, humans like to have a lot of things around them.
You should keep in mind that by downsizing, you commit to buying less and not replacing the items you have just said goodbye to.
When you’re not sure where to start on your decluttering, check out this handy list to help you get started: Decluttering and Creating A Minimalist Home – Inspiring Momma.