There are many reasons people choose to downsize when it comes to homes - some no longer need such a big space when children have moved out, some are looking to move towards a more minimalistic approach to life and living and others simply need to downsize for financial reasons.
Whatever the case, if you find yourself planning to move to a smaller home, this article is for you. Today, we’ll look at the little changes you can make which will greatly aid in simplifying the process of moving to a smaller home. Read on to find out more!
1. Plan Ahead!
You probably already know this, but failure to plan is planning to fail. Like everything else that is significant in life, you’ll want to plan your move to a smaller home way in advance. What does this mean? It entails ensuring that you have removalists booked, boxes and packaging materials purchased and a solid plan to sort your belongings out, which we will touch on later. Step one is planning, and from there on, everything else is relatively smooth sailing.
2. Determine What You Need (and don’t)
When it comes to downsizing, getting rid of certain items and belongings is almost a given. With a smaller space, you’ll not be able to keep everything you have. This is why it is crucial to start determining what you truly need, and what you don’t.
Do you need that dresser that has been sat in the corner for a decade, or other pieces of furniture that no longer serve a purpose in your home? What about appliances - do you really need all of that? Make a list of things that you are willing to forgo, and either sell them or pass them on to friends, family and neighbours. The less you have to move with, the easier the move.
3. Be Creative and Remove Clutter
With a small space, the chance of clutter building up is something that can creep up on you without you even noticing. This is why it is advised that you try to reduce clutter as much as possible. Switch wired appliances and electronics for devices that can run on wifi and bluetooth - I mean, no one loves a tangle of wires, let’s be real!
Another great idea is to purchase storage furniture. What is better than a bed that doubles up as a storage unit? There are many options available these days in storage furniture, so start researching and head out to the local furniture store!
4. Rent Storage Space
For those who truly cannot bare parting with certain items but no longer have the luxury of space, purchasing or renting storage space may be a good middle ground. With storage space, you will be able to keep larger items or bits of furniture that you still want to keep, and not have to worry about having to throw them out (we know how sentimentally attached human beings can get to items sometimes!).
5. Lastly, Change Your Mindset
When we are so used to living in a large space, or living in excess, downsizing can sometimes come as a huge shock to our systems. Instead of feeling limited, try to see this opportunity as something that gives you more time to yourself instead of having to upkeep a large house and all the chores that come along with a massive space.
Think of all the great new things this new neighbourhood offers you, and how costs will be kept much lower when you live in a smaller space. It’s all about the mindset, really!
We hope that this article has been useful in getting you ready for your shift to a smaller home.