Is Down­siz­ing your home with style

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Erina Starkey

IF YOU’RE keen to es­cape a big empty house and the litany of chores that come with it, down­siz­ing might be the an­swer.

“More and more peo­ple pre­fer low-main­te­nance apart­ments rather than big houses,” says Bet­tina Deda, Clon­tarf-based au­thor of Down­size with Style.

“Down­siz­ing can min­imise your liv­ing costs and en­large your re­tire­ment nest egg, as well as give you more time and money for trav­el­ling and hob­bies.”

It also gives you the op­por­tu­nity to move closer to fam­ily mem­bers, or nearer to ar­eas of in­ter­est such as the beach or city cen­tre.

To en­sure the move isn’t a stress­ful one, start thin­ning out your be­long­ings months in ad­vance, ad­vises Deda.

“Keep items that make you happy and add value to your life. Ev­ery­thing else, dis­card, donate, or sell.”

Be­fore you make the move, mea­sure each piece of fur­ni­ture and de­cide where you are go­ing to place it in the new home, says Deda.

“This al­lows you to en­joy your home from day one with­out be­ing cramped be­tween boxes and un­necess- ary fur­ni­ture,” she adds.

The process of down­siz­ing can be filled with mixed emo­tions.

“It means let­ting go of fur­ni­ture and emo­tional items and em­brac­ing the un­known,” says Deda.

“At times this can feel chal­leng­ing and scary.”

See down­siz­ing as an op­por­tu­nity to start a new life ad­ven­ture and cre­ate a home that per­fectly re­flects your needs and sense of style, she says. See more de­tails at bd­colour­de­sign.net.au

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