Is Downsizing your home with style
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