By JAROD TANKSLEY
There are many reasons people downsize to a smaller home — kids move out, rents get hiked and people enter into retirement. Whatever the reason, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the loss of space. But don’t worry! There are lots of advantages to living in a smaller home that you’ll get to appreciate in time. There are also plenty of strategies for getting the very best out of your new home.
So, if you’re planning a move to a smaller house or need a little help settling in, follow our tips below to make the most of your new space:
1. Purge, purge, purge
Think of downsizing as an opportunity for rebirth: You can get rid of a lot of baggage that’s been cluttering your house and collecting dust. You can hold an estate sale to make some money off your unwanted pieces or simply donate them to a local charity (which may offer free pick-ups!) If you don’t want to do it yourself, most communities have plenty of moving management companies that would be happy to help.
What’s more, removing clutter from your home is thought to have a profound impact on feelings of serenity and peace. You can create a minimalist look in your home by removing any unwanted paper or objects, keeping dirty clothes out of sight, and getting rid of any unnecessary furniture. With less stuff, you’ll spend less time cleaning and promote more calmness in your home.
2. Practice Feng Shui
Another advantage of a smaller home is that it gives you a much easier opportunity to switch up the look and feel of your living spaces. By following the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, you can experiment with the spatial arrangement of furniture in your home to bring about more tranquility and relaxation to your home. The guiding principles of Feng Shui aim at striking a balance of energy in one’s home through the careful placement of its furniture.
According to Feng Shui, a bed should be put in a commanding place and against a solid wall. It should have a solid headboard and be lifted off the ground so that energy can pass under it.
3. Go Vertical
If you’ve run out of obvious space in your new home, get creative! There’s often plenty of space that can be utilized for storage shelves above existing cabinets and doors. There may also be extra space on top of the clothing rack in your closet, and wall hooks are a great way to organize tools, store bikes and more. If you have extra-high ceilings and are particularly ambitious, you can even install a loft space!
Don’t see downsizing as a problem or hassle – use it as an opportunity to keep a neat and tidy house full of the essentials. By utilizing these simple tips, you’ll be able to find extra space and make your new home the peaceful refuge you deserve.
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