How to Downsize to a Smaller Home

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There are many reasons that one may want to downsize their living situation. Perhaps your current home is too high maintenance or maybe the large space just feels empty. Whatever your reason, you are going to want to know what you are doing.

This article will cover a few of the things that you will want to do when you are downsizing to a smaller home.


One of the biggest advantages of downsizing is that a smaller home is easier to maintain. Less space means that you have less to clean. This can apply to both the inside and outside of the home. A garden or lawn for example, can be a lot of work to maintain. Having less outside space that you need to maintain can give you a lot more of your free time back. This can help you to feel happier and less stressed. Because of this, when downsizing, it is important that you know what parts in particular you want to downsize for this reason. This will help you to pick the right home for you.

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Throwing out junk

As you will have less space in a smaller home, it is important that you clear out any junk that you have. This means rubbish, things that have broken and things that are in a general state of disrepair. It is important that when you are disposing of your junk that you are doing it properly. This doesn't only mean recycling. An example of something that you will need to dispose of properly would be electronics. There are a large variety of materials that make up electronics, some of which are hazardous and others which can be salvaged. Due to this, it is important that you dispose of such items at a place that deals with e-waste. It is also important that you are thorough and ruthless with your disposal of junk. The aim is to clear as much space as possible. Not only will this mean less clutter, it also means that you will be able to fit more of the things that you do actually want.

Storing or selling excess furniture

Once you have cleared your junk, you may find that you still have more than you are able to fit in your new home. In this case you will most likely have to get rid of excess furniture. As you have already gotten rid of your junk, all of this is perfectly good furniture. You more or less have two options for what to do with this stuff. The first option is that you sell the items. This has the advantage of earning you money which, at a time where you have just spent a fair bit on a new home, can be very helpful. The downside of this is that you will have to go through the process of finding a buyer and then arranging to give them the item.

The second option that you have is to donate the items. There are shops that take second hand items that you can give to. Doing this alleviates the issue of having to find a buyer before your move and you will be helping a good cause. The only downside is that you will not get any money for it. The third option you have is to rent storage space and store your furniture there. If you think that you may move into a larger house at some point in the future, this could be a good idea. The only thing to note is that, unless they have significant sentimental value, you will want to ensure that you don't spend more over time on storage than the cost of buying all of the contents new.

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