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How to successfully Downsize

published on 01/03/2018  

If you’ve decided to downsize, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with the changes you need to make. However, with a bit of organisation you can get through the process with the minimal amount of upheaval.

Explore

Take your time looking for a new property. Have a good look around the areas you like. If you enjoy being out and about then look for a property close to good transport links which will get you to where you want to be without the stress of driving. If you have a dog or you want to be able to take a walk in the park, then buy somewhere that’s close to green spaces. Look around for other facilities you might use regularly like the municipal swimming pool the library or the local leisure centre.

Pick the Right Property

If your downsizing because the stairs in your home are getting difficult to manage then you’ll want to look for a bungalow or a ground floor flat. Maybe you’re moving to be closer to other family members or because the garden in your old home is too big to manage. You don’t need to lose your garden altogether. You can look for a property with a small garden or a patio area or make the most of a balcony to grow plants and flowers in pots.

Be Realistic with Your Furniture

It’s no good keeping hold of something that’s too large and heavy for your new property. It’s hard to get rid of items that hold treasured memories, but you don’t need to throw good furniture away. You can advertise on places like Gumtree or Preloved and sell or give away your furniture. You’ll be letting your cherished items go to someone else who will also be making memories.

De-Clutter

Don’t take all your old junk into your new home. Begin to de-clutter as soon as you make the decision to downsize and that way you can do it slowly but surely. Do it room by room and use boxes to sort out where things should go. For example, you could have 5 boxes for:
  • Items to keep
  • Items for the charity shop
  • Items to sell
  • Items to give back to your grown-up children
  • Items to be thrown away or recycled

By the time you have sorted out each room, you should just have left the items to be packed away and taken to your new home, together with the furniture. Once you’ve moved in you can start to enjoy the spare time that you have now you’re not looking after a large house. Tags: Downsizing, De-Cluttering, Moving Home