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Downsizing Your Home: A How-To Guide

Neatly furnished roomYour children have moved out, leaving behind empty rooms. Or perhaps you simply aren't using the extra space in your current house. Now is the perfect time to downsize and relocate to a smaller home that better suits your lifestyle. And while downsizing your home has a host of benefits, it also presents unique challenges. Fortunately, these challenges can easily be dealt with using the right tactics. Here, we’ll tell you how to make the transition as easy as possible.


Start With Decluttering


A cluttered home is seldom a comfortable home – but you can fix that with just a bit of work. Kick-start the decluttering process by taking stock of everything that’s taking up space within your home. Make a list of all your miscellaneous possessions and mark the items that mean the most to you. To make this job easier, think about what would happen if you were to lose everything – which items would you absolutely have to replace? Keep these, but consider donating or selling off all that’s left.


Get Rid Of Extra Furniture


Bedroom with minimal furniture Outfitting your home with spacious sofas and other sumptuous furniture might seem tempting, but in the end, the items you don’t truly need can end up sitting empty, dealing a blow to your home’s square footage. As you prepare for the move, evaluate each furniture item in your home. Which pieces are used the most, and which are barely touched? Weigh items that provide storage and organization against purely decorative pieces. Are some pieces of furniture worn and no longer attractive? Feel free to bring your must-haves to your new place, and add the extras to your yard sale inventory or donation list.


Additionally, consider replacing larger items – such as couches and loveseats – with smaller, equally comfortable pieces, like recliners. The same can be done with your bed, as you may not need the king-size mattress you’ve relied on for so long. A queen- or full-size might do the trick, and if you’re truly looking to save space, opt for a streamlined wall bed, also known as a Murphy bed.


Organize Your Wardrobe


Let’s face it – buying clothes can be fun, and carefully coordinated outfits might be a major source of pride. Fittingly, you may be a bit hesitant to downsize your collection. But, as with your furniture and other possessions, there’s a good chance that you have clothes and accessories that simply aren’t necessary. These can always be donated or sold to consignment shops.


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