Practical Tips to Ease the Transition Into a Smaller Home

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Living in a huge house all by yourselves once the children are gone is impractical, especially if you have no reason to hold onto the place (e.g. if it was rented or the children don't want to live there in the future). While sentiment can keep you locked in a big house longer than is necessary, you'll soon find that the maintenance and upkeep of a family home when you're left alone isn't worth the stress.

You may also choose to downsize if you're moving to a different city, or if you need to free up funds for another project. By downsizing, you can reduce your expenses in utility bills, mortgage payments and house maintenance as well as free up time spent maintaining the house. It also encourages less clutter, which is always a good thing. Below are some tips to help you move easier, and manage you transition period once in the smaller house.

1. Choosing the home

You want to choose a house that maximizes common spaces and minimizes rarely-used spaces. There should be enough room in the living area, dining area, kitchen and den (if any). One or two guest rooms suffice to host guests as they come. Choose a well-designed house with large windows to allow you to make the most of natural lighting in daytime, and with enough storage space to hold your no-longer-used-but-sentimentally-important family items. Lofts can be helpful for this.

Consider the rooms' layouts and discuss with your partner and removalist how your current furnishings can be worked into the space. You will almost definitely have to get rid of some furniture, but you also don't want the additional hassle of selling your old stuff off and getting new stuff to fit the new space – unless that's what you want. Professional removalists have experience in this area, and can provide useful insights, especially where the spaces are designed differently from your own home.

2. Decluttering and planning the move

Be ruthless in your decluttering process, because everything has some sentimental value, especially if you lived in the house for a long time. Consider enlisting the help of a close but objective friend, who knows you enough to understand your sentiments, but can control over-attachment to stuff that'll just fill up your space. Hang on to multi-purpose furniture such as sofa-beds, which come in handy when hosting large parties.

Talk with your removalists about creating a floorplan to simulate how the space might look, so that you have the optimized layout at the time of moving. If things appear crammed on paper, they'll be just as crammed in reality, so find a few more things to remove. Find second-hand dealerships interested in taking everything off your hands at once, so you don't have to struggle with selling things off. Holding a yard-sale for the neighbourhood on a warm day is also a good idea.

3. Living

Make spaces appear larger using strategically-placed mirrors, colour and furniture arrangement. Natural lighting is great for making a space look big, so take full advantage of your windows. To avoid rebuilding clutter, enforce a rule that for every new purchase something old must be removed.

For help with your move, contact a company like Melbourne Cheap Suburb Removal.

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