Thu 07 Dec 2017
Moving from a big house to somewhere smaller may seem impossible to you, however downsizing can be a positive experience; it's a chance to focus on exactly what you want in your new home.
How to make downsizing easier:
Prepare to be ruthlessThe chances are you won't have room in your new home to take all your existing belongings. Make a list of the things you most definitely can't live without. It's also time to be realistic, so avoid taking furniture which is too big. Take measurements of all of the rooms in your new property so you know exactly which items will and won't fit.
Earn some extra pennies for your moveIf you haven't used something for over a year, are you ever going to use it again? Chances are you won't. Give old clothes to charity and try selling electrical items and furniture on websites like Gumtree and Ebay, or your local car boot. Likewise, you could pick up a bargain from others too, especially if you're going to need reduce the size of your sofa or dining table.
Maximise your space using effective storageFollowing a thorough clear out, you may find you are still tight on space in your new home so think of making the most out of clever storage. In small rooms, try using vertical cabinets to avoid taking up limited floor space.
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