Five easy steps for downsizing
Thinking about moving into a smaller home or annex and need to declutter? Or perhaps you are helping a parent downsize and want advice on where to start?
A growing number of savvy pensioners are selling up and setting up home in easier-to-run properties, such as flats or annexes. They tend to be modern, so benefit from the latest fixtures and fittings, are economic to heat, close to family and friends, and are really easy to use and live in. Making such a move can also free up finances which can be put away for a rainy day, gifted to family or spent on travel and treats.
But how do you decide which furniture and belongings to take? Here’s our guide on how to downsize in five simple steps:
- Where are you going? It may seem like common sense but get the measurements of your new home, the dimensions and layout of each room. If you draw a rough floorplan, including where windows, doors and power points are located, you can then measure your key bits of furniture to work out what can go where. If you’re tech proficient, there are even apps you can download that will help you do this. Remember to think about access. Will your giant sofa fit through your new front door?
- Declutter decisions – Make a list of what you actually need to take with you and remember to include the really sentimental items. Ask yourself ‘have I used this recently?’ and ‘do I already have something that does the same job?’. You might find it easier to get a friend or relative to help you with this process. Take your time so you don’t make any decisions you will later regret.
- Getting rid – You do not have to throw away your unwanted furniture and belongings. Make a list of surplus ‘stuff’ and offer it to family and friends. Consider selling items on eBay, Gumtree or at car boot sales, or donating to charity shops or community furniture projects.
- Embrace the new – Consider buying some new furniture that might better suit the style and shape of your new home. Also think about scale – is your current furniture too large? Retailers now sell space-saving designs for smaller homes that are surprisingly affordable. A new feature item, like the Diers’ bright orange range cooker, can really add the ‘wow’ to an interior.
- Enjoy your new home – Moving can be stressful but the process is short. Focus on the benefits of your new home and the new life you can build once you have moved in. A property that is easier to clean, maintain and heat will be a welcome relief. If you’re moving into an annex next to your family, you will soon be enjoying the support and company of your loved ones, but with the added benefit of your own living space and front door.
Tip - Buying a new property, there may be flexibility to alter the layout. The interiors of homes made by Norwegian Log Buildings can be tailored for each customer. If you have always yearned for a dressing room and don’t need a third bedroom, the choice is yours. You can even opt for a traditional pantry like the Youngs.
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