Not everyone has ambitions to move to a larger home – I included. For some, moving to a smaller house or apartment will downsize their running-costs and help them to enjoy a much more humble way of living. Whether the move is down to budgeting reasons, or because the kids moved out a long time ago, learning to live in a smaller space can sometimes be challenging.
Do I need this?
Before you move into a smaller home, you may also need to downsize your current possessions. You may ultimately find that downsizing makes your living space far more functional. Of course, furniture that you’ve bought with your hard-earned money doesn’t need to be thrown out, but you will need to assess how it will fit into the new space. You may have accumulated an assortment of junk and unwanted items over the years, which may need to go to charity shops:
- Old, consistently-unworn clothing
- Unread books
- Old toys from when your children were younger
- Festive decorations that never get used
It might feel like a daunting step to turf out some of your oldest or largest possessions, but it’s important to think pragmatically. Remember, too, that moving into a smaller home means you’re much more likely to reduce your expenditure – so you won’t need to throw out old items only to replace them.
If you enjoy a house that’s busy with decoration and ornaments, then you may have to change-up your taste slightly in a smaller home. A ‘busy’ room can very easily look cluttered if you’re not careful. As well as downsizing your furniture and possessions, you may have to pare down your decoration, and maybe even some of your lighting fixtures to ensure your new home feels more open and expansive.
A professional moving team
Having a professional team who can help you downsize could be invaluable. Shifting to a city from the countryside, for example, could take some significant adjustment. Finding relocation assistance from a provider who is an expert in auctioning items from homes and assisting with large-scale moves will help you to make a seamless transition to your new home.
Cheaper utility bills
If you’ve found that you need to purchase new white goods in your new home, or you’ll need to replace the boiler, now is a good time to get extra energy-efficient. Moving into a smaller home often results in much lower utility bills, and so buying money-saving appliances will only increase the amount of money you get to keep in your pocket. This is particularly the case for large appliances such as ovens, washing machines and televisions. Just keep your eyes peeled for their energy ratings when browsing through appliance stores.
You might be cautious about moving into a new, smaller home; however, sometimes the benefits can significantly outweigh the disadvantages. Of course, you will have less space, but your utility bills will be significantly smaller, and it will encourage you to live within your means.