Space that fits your Budget
It seems there is a movement these days to downsizing. People are looking at spaces that better fit their budget, have a smaller eco-footprint, or have children move from home. Downsizing can be very freeing for many people who are looking to simplify. Here are 5 tips for downsizing.
Only the Best Will Do
In a downsizing, you will need to get rid of things. Start by inventorying what you do have and consider the new space and what it can handle. Will you no longer have a second bedroom? Get rid of the guest bed and dresser. If you will no longer have to maintain a lawn, hold a garage sale to get rid of the items that won’t be needed in your new home. Treat yourself to dinner with your new cash.
There is a time and place for sentimental things. There may be things you really want to keep, but the down size makes it impractical. Consider the things that you absolutely must keep and think of who you may be able to give other items to who could benefit from them. That set of china or silver can now be proudly displayed at your daughter’s home. The old clock belonging to your grandmother can now live at your sister’s house. Think about the things you want to keep and what can now be a blessing to someone else.
Let go of items well before the move to see what it is you really use. Practice living in your larger space with less stuff and see what else may need to go in the process. Find furniture that can serve multiple purposes and reduce clutter. There are tons of videos and articles out on tiny homes and small space decorating and usage. Take advantage of these resources that help maximize space through design and organization.
Plan your new space
Don’t try to cram too much into a space. It may not even be the amount of furniture, but even the style may not fit the space. Oversized furniture or pieces that don’t have multiple functions may no longer work. Look at the new space and discover what the essential components are. Ask for an objective opinion from a friend if you aren’t sure. Sometimes we become attached to something and an outsider can see past that.
Celebrate the reason for the downsize and find the gratitude in what it allows. Does it allow more expendable income? (ie. smaller mortgage payment). Does it allow more free time? (ie. no more hours of lawn maintenance). Does it mean increased ability to be a giver? (ie. volunteer more, give more). Downsizing can be quite a liberating experience. Embrace it and enjoy it!
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