Guest blog contributor Laurie Larson
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Downsizing your home may seem scary at first, but for many, the eventual benefits can be endless. Whether it be to save money, to have less home maintenance, or to have the ability to purchase a second property elsewhere, many of us are consistently looking to grow our wallets and minimize our home.
Although downsizing seems to be a trend in our culture lately, the process itself is bound to cause some headaches. Read these following tips to get a few ideas on how to downsize like you’re a true professional.
1.Take inventory of what you currently have
This may seem like an easy task, but don’t underestimate the amount of stuff that you own. Beginning with smaller rooms like the laundry room or bathroom that typically have less sentimental value is a good place to start when taking inventory and figuring out what you actually do own – and is especially helpful when figuring out what you have two of.
2.Create “Yes” and “No” piles
Now that you know all of the products, pieces, and parts that you own, sort your inventory into “yes” and “no” piles for what you are planning to bring to your new downsized home. This will help reduce the stress of clutter post-move-in and will make the move itself a whole lot simpler.
Pro Tip: Rather than trashing everything in your “no” pile, consider donating or recycling these products.
3.Figure out what you need to fit your new lifestyle
We don’t all have the budget to completely refurnish every new home that we move into, but it is important to figure out what new items will be necessary for creating a better living space. Is your current furniture going to be oversized in your new home? What is your budget like if you do decide to purchase new furniture that better suits your new place? These are some great questions to ask yourself before the big move to reduce any chances of becoming overwhelmed when new furniture is a must.
4.Budgeting for new essentials
As much as we’d like to try to pinch as many pennies as possible during a big life change like moving homes, there are some essentials on our list that are, well, essential. Start by determining a priority list for what you need to replace. Your mattress is probably due for an update if you’ve been sleeping on it for a decade and it’s a pain to move anyways, so this is probably high on your list. Other items like your couches, TV, and rugs may not work in your new space and you may need to find a replacement. Budget according to what you absolutely need, and then start scouring for the best deals so you don’t have to break the bank.
5.Make sure everything is twice as useful as before
With your new downsized home, finding open space and making use of storage may be more difficult than you’re used to. This is when it is important to be creative with your options and find multiple uses for one piece of furniture or utility. This could be through finding storage in unconventional spots, such as under your bed or inside your coffee table, rather than the usual closet or pantry (that you may not have in a downsized home).
Now that you’re all moved in to your new downsized home, be sure to follow through with your last steps. This includes formally updating your address, informing your insurance provider of the move, and finding new health specialists that are local to you (if you are moving farther away than a few neighborhoods down).
With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your new home to its full potential.
Laurie Larson is a freelance writer based in NC. She writes on home, health, and lifestyle topics.