Once you’ve down­sized, you can still have big ideas for your new sur­round­ings, says GH Homes Ed­i­tor Carolyn Bai­ley

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ONLY KEEP WHAT YOU NEED OR LOVE Be ruthless. Use three boxes to de­clut­ter: one for char­ity, one for things to sell and one for things to keep. Don’t need it or love it? Chuck it out!

DEC­O­RAT­ING TRICKS Neu­tral shades will make your new home seem big­ger, as will us­ing the same floor­ing through­out. Bal­ance low

ceil­ings with ver­ti­cal stripe wall­pa­per to help make walls ap­pear taller.

GO DIG­I­TAL Pho­to­graphs, CDS and DVDS take up valu­able space, so store as many of them dig­i­tally as you can.

2-IN-1 FUR­NI­TURE Ev­ery­thing in your new space needs to work hard, so look for pieces that will do dou­ble duty: a so­fabed to turn your sit­ting room into a guest room, fold­ing fur­ni­ture such as din­ing chairs and ta­bles, or a new bed with draw­ers un­der­neath.

CLEVER STOR­AGE Think ver­ti­cally as well as hor­i­zon­tally. With care­fully planned shelves, your new walls can be your best friend. Use the space in hall­ways and above doors. If you don’t want to at­tach too much to the walls, look for lean­ing shelves that need no fix­ing.

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