How to down­size your home

Lesotho Times - - Property -

WHETHER you’re mov­ing from a pala­tial es­tate to a down­town apart­ment or you’re mov­ing in with a sig­nif­i­cant other, down- siz­ing is in or­der. Mov­ing from a large home full of your stuff to a smaller space can be tricky, and while it’s easy to say “just get rid of your ex­tra stuff,” do­ing it is much harder. Here’s how to make the tran­si­tion tion as smooth as pos­si­ble.

Over the past few ew years, many peo­ple have down­sized not t be­cause they want to, but be­cause the e hous­ing mar­ket crashed. Oth­ers (my­self yself in­cluded) opt to live in a small­er­maller space be­cause it’s in a de­sir­ableesir­able neigh­bour­hood, close to work, or down­townwn near ameni­ties.

The two big­gest cos­tost con­cerns when looking­ing for a place to live aree size and lo­ca­tion, and re­gard­lessegard­less of why you’re down­siz­ing,wn­siz­ing, there are some wayss to make the move easy.

Be­fore you do any­thing ny­thing — be­fore you even movee and know how much space youou have to move into, the first thing to do is take a close in­ven­to­ryn­tory of your be­long­ings. Ask your­self,our­self, If ev­ery­thing you ownedned was lost in a fire, what t would you re­place? Take stock­tock of the things that are e ac­tu­ally im­por­tant to you, u, and the things that youu could live with­out, or could uld ac­tu­ally re­place or down­size­own­size along with your liv­ingng space.

Ideally, you’ll makeake three lists: Must haves, can live with­outs, and things I could re­place.

Your must haves ob­vi­ously need to come with you. Your “live with­outs” are the things you could sell, do­nate, or get rid of en­tirely in some fash­ion—or at the very least aren’t nec­es­sary. That doesn’t mean you’ll get rid of them,e ,js just thata if space be­comeseco es a co con­cern,ce , they’re the first ones to go.

Your “could re­place” list should be re­served for things that you could po­ten­tially sell and buy some­thing smaller that you’d like, like a smaller TV in­stead of the mas­sive wall-hog­ging mon­ster you have now, or space-sav­ing fur­ni­ture com­pared to the huge sec sec­tion­alo a co couchc a and re­clin­er­sec e s yo you mayay own to­day.

Plus, tak­ing a full in­ven­tory of your things is a great way to make a de­tailed home in­ven­tory, for that renter’s or home­owner’s

in­sur­ance that you

should ab­so­lutely have.

If you’re mov­ing into a smaller space with some­one else and com­bin­ing house­holds, this step is even more im­por­tant, not just for you, but for the per­son you’re mov­ing in with as well. Go through your in­ven­to­ries to­gether. Be ruth­less with your lists, too— it’s of­ten said that the things you own ex­pand to fill the space you live in, but the op­po­site, that they con­tract to fit nicely, never hap­pens.

The next step is to part with those things that you don’t need and sell them for cash. Af­ter all, the core part of down­siz­ing is to down­size, so try to make as mu much money from the things you won’t take w with you as pos­si­ble. The more money you make, the more you’ll be able to buy thing things that are size ap­pro­pri­ate for your new home,hom or save the money and en­joy your new li life in your smaller space.

Sim­i­larly, think about some of the things you own that are just “in­sur­ance” items. For ex­am­ple, an ex­tra mat­tress in the garage, or the fu­ton in the base­ment—those things you keep for no rea­son other than the pos­si­bil­ity of some­thing you do use ev­ery day break­ing.

Those are prime can­di­dates to sell: The things you’re keep­ing are only de de­pre­ci­at­ing in value. You’ll do your­self a fa­vor by stash­ing the money you get from them in a sav­ings ac­count and buy­ing a couch or a fu­ton if you ever need one in­stead of hold­ingho on to an old, musty one just in case.

De­clut­ter­ing and down­siz­ing is hard, make no mis­take — selling thin things makes it eas­ier be­cause hon­estly, wh who doesn’t like money? If you need more he help though, check out our guide to kick­ing yo your clut­ter habit for tips to make the whit­tli whit­tling process as easy as pos­si­ble. Sim­i­larly, i if you’re a clotheshorse and your prob­lem c comes from your wardrobe, we have some spec spe­cific tips to help you out there, too.

Fi­nally, what­ever you do, if you can’t sell it, don’t hes­i­tate to do­nate it to char­ity. If you can’t make use of it and it’s in good con­di­tion, some­one else will, and the they’ll ap­pre­ci­ate it. — Life­hacker.

GET­TING into a smaller home may pay off, but do your home­work first.

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