There are many reasons to buy a smaller home — to downsize from your present home — but sometimes a simple notion propels home owners to trade down: Smaller might be better. Over time, we tend accumulate a lot of stuff. We have so many things that we don’t really need but tend to keep anyway. The size of the average american home has kept growing over the past years and still storage space for families is a booming industry.
Check out these steps on how to downsize your home…
1. Assess your actual needs: Deciding what you really need requires a good long look at how you live your life and prioritizing the activities and items that are already a part of your actual lifestyle.
- Walk through your house or apartment and evaluate everything you come across. Ask yourself if you have used it in the past year and if so, how often? Be honest with yourself.
- For stuff that you have a hard time getting rid of, put the items in storage. If you don’t need or use them within 6 months, give, sell or throw them away!
2. Go through your home, every cabinet, shelf and closet should be cleared: Only put back the things that you couldn’t live well without.
3. Measure your furniture: You will need to know how your furniture will fit into your new space.
- Get room measurements of your new space, don’t forget about the location of doors and windows as this will be a factor in furniture placement!
- Once you have measurements, make a floor plan using your furniture’s measurements.
4. Sell your stuff!
- For a large number of items, have a yard sale, or if you have a lot to sell quickly, consider a service to take care of it for you.
- If you have time before the move, utilize sites such as Craigslist and eBay to sell off your best stuff. You’ll likely get more money for your items this way but it is more time consuming.
5. Get organized: Before you move into your new place it is a good time to work out some storage solutions for your stored items.
- Label everything by room!
6. Organize your space as you unpack: Utilize closet and cupboard storage solutions as you unpack. This way, more can be stored in these tight spaces and you will be setting a precedent for how your new, smaller space will be used.
7. Relax and enjoy!: You have now entered the realm of living small. You no longer have to worry about the financial burden or time draining tasks of maintaining a home too big for your needs.
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If you are looking to downsize your home contact me, Susan Rupert!