To Move, Not to Move…That’s the Question: Why Downsize?
It’s time to make a decision. You either need to downsize to a smaller place or remove the clutter and rethink your current home’s status. Ask yourself what you want the next 25 years to be like. Would you like to travel more? Do you prefer hosting large family reunions and holiday celebrations where the entire family comes home and stays with you? Do you have a lot of stuff to get rid of or are most of the items you own treasured keepsakes? If you move, will you have more financial freedom to do other things or is it necessary to find a smaller, more affordable place to call home because your budget dictates so?
The kids have all grown up and now, it’s just you and your spouse once again. It’s kind of peaceful but the amount of empty space in the house makes you feel empty inside. All the memories are comforting but it sure is harder to clean all that house in your older age. Here’s the thing, though. If you’re the mom and dad with the dining room table for 12 (without the extra leaf), you might consider staying in your current sized home and shuffle things around instead of downsizing into a smaller place.
In this case, remove clutter and make room for guests by storing away larger items you may no longer need. Take the opportunity to redesign your son’s football bedroom into a beach retreat for guests (even if your guest is still your son).
Baby On The Way
With a smaller home, comes smaller payments. This might be exactly what you need. If a baby is on the way or are living on one salary, consider a downsize. In this case, you will need to make room for the most important things in your life which will be everything baby. Toys, clothes, food…everything takes space so consider getting a self storage unit to store the items you’d like to keep for the future, like the bookshelf full of your favorite novels, until baby grows up and you can have your office back.
Becoming More Eco-Friendly
With a downsize, comes a lowered carbon footprint. You’ll use less water and gas. Your home will use less resources like lumber and products that can potentially be harmful for the environment if not recycled properly. It’s much easier to seal the windows in a smaller home and add solar energy options. So, in turn, moving into a smaller space means becoming more environmentally friendly.
If you decide to downsize, mainstreammom.com has good ideas on where to begin. Moving sure can be overwhelming. Go through least used rooms first, declutter and get rid of things you just don’t need. Consider quality over quantity. Surely you’ve done this within your closet throughout your life, now you must do it with your furnishings and knick-knacks. It’s time to let someone else enjoy the cookie jar collection and it will be fun to explore the world of small space furniture and storage.
A smaller home can bring a certain warmth and charm that a large and empty house may not. Also, smaller electric bills, less housework, an updated decor and more free time and money to do things you haven’t been able to do in a long time might become available. It’s your time again. Take advantage of it!
As always, Warner Robins real estate information is brought to you as a courtesy by Anita Clark, your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist.