*This is a guest post*
There comes a time when the kids move out and you are faced with a huge house to live in. There is far more space than you need and it costs a lot to maintain it. Not to mention the work you need to do to keep it up.
At this point, many people choose to downsize. They look to sell their house and move someplace smaller. This also involves downsizing the lifestyle. It can be a bit of a challenge to pull it off, but when you downsize there are a lot of benefits.
In this article, we will go over how to go about this massive lifestyle change.
1 – Think about lifestyle
Clearly, you will be looking into a smaller house. There is more that goes into choosing the right size house, however. How you plan to live when you have a smaller place and less stuff comes into play.
For instance, now that you need less space, you can move to the city and enjoy all the amenities of an urban environment. If going to the theater, restaurants, and museums is a priority then you need to look into condos there.
If you still want to have a small garden to grow your own vegetables, then having a house outside the city is still viable. Just look for small Ontario homes if you live in the Toronto area that have just enough space that you need.
There could even be a perfect tiny house somewhere out in the woods that would be perfect for your space needs and also provide a homesteading type of experience that suits your lifestyle.
Thinking about how you want to live your life should be the first thing on the list when you are looking to downsize.
2 – Think about the furniture
You probably have enough furniture to fill two apartments when you are ready to move to a smaller home after years of living in a house. This is a good time to think about the size of the house you need and how the furniture is going to fit.
You should make a list of what you need for the new house and see which furniture is going to work in that space. Everything that doesn’t make the list should be sold or upcycled. Give away what you can’t use to people in need. Or, have a garage sale to make a few dollars that can go towards the moving expenses.
3 – Categorize
Instead of going through each room and separating what you need and don’t need, come up with categories. Start with each category and then move on to the next.
For instance, think about what you need for clothes. Then go through your entire wardrobe and separate the things you absolutely have to keep and donate or sell the rest. Then go through the kitchen stuff and do the same. Move on to tools and then to the next category and on it goes.
Thank you for reading.