How to downsize the reasonable way

A few decades ago, it seemed like houses just kept getting bigger. Four-person families were moving out to the spacious suburbs and building enormous 4,000-, even 5,000-square-foot houses. "Bigger is better" was the mantra.

Things have changed in the real estate landscape. There are plenty of people who still want to live in a large home, but in recent years the trend has been moving in the opposite direction. People are embracing smaller, more intimate spaces.

They want smaller homes.

We’re not talking about tiny homes, which are intriguing but also a little impractical. We’re talking about 1,200-, 1,300-square-foot homes that are comfortable, intimate and have plenty of space, if you just know how to downsize.

Today, whether you’re considering moving into a smaller home or want to get rid of some of the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, we’ll consider practical ways to downsize.

What do you actually need?

Take a look at the condiments in your refrigerator. You probably have much more than you actually use. The same goes with stuff in your home. Over the years, things pile up, like all those varieties of mustard and salad dressing. Take the time to go through your home and do a purge. If you haven’t worn it or used it in over a year, donate it or toss it! Be ruthless! If you can’t let go of it, give yourself six months. If you haven’t used it in that time frame, get rid of it!

Redecorating and reassessing

After you’ve gone through all your storage space, your closets and shelves, you should have a lot of empty space. If you’re planning to stay in your home, you’ll now have an opportunity to consider how you want to rearrange things and redecorate to suit your new lifestyle. If you're planning to move, you’ll want to consider what furniture items you’ll want to get rid of, and which ones to keep. If you're moving into a smaller space, you won't have the room for some of those larger pieces, such as your oversized armoire or king-size bed, and you'll need to find pieces that fit.

Stay organized

One of the keys to downsizing and living in a smaller space is keeping things neat and orderly. If you downsize to a smaller home, you won’t have the space to be messy! Learning how to utilize space and properly put things away might take some getting used to, but you’ll be delighted by how tidy and calm your space will feel.

Whether you want to buy a house that can accommodate your growing family or are looking to downsize, a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® can help you find the one that’s right for you. With years of experience, they know houses and can help you with any of your buying or selling needs.

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