The size that counts

Down­siz­ing is not sim­ply swap­ping a fam­ily home for a smaller space – it’s about learn­ing to live with less

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - By Neale Whitaker -

Ymi­croou prob­a­bly know by now that I have a ten­u­ous re­la­tion­ship with de­sign trends. Yes, they can be fun, but they come and go quickly and – quite frankly – can so of­ten cause anx­i­ety rather than add last­ing value. (Is this colour too 2018? Are mother-in­law’s tongues the new fid­dle-leaf figs? OMG, my tiles are Mo­roc­can, not Por­tuguese.) That said, how­ever, I am fas­ci­nated by the way trends sort them­selves into what I call trends (here to­day and gone to­mor­row) and macro trends. It’s these big-pic­ture, col­lec­tive shifts (think open-plan and out­door liv­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns and sus­tain­abil­ity) that re­ally im­pact the way we live. I’d put down­siz­ing in this cat­e­gory. Google down­siz­ing and it will throw up dozens of tips and hacks, aimed mostly at re­tirees and empty-nesters trad­ing fam­ily homes for bite-sized apart­ments. Yet we’ve been read­ing for a while about mil­len­ni­als opt­ing for smaller, more sus­tain­able homes (of­ten away from the once-de­sir­able met­ro­pol­i­tan cen­tres), and “tiny homes” are gain­ing mo­men­tum as a life­style choice, a mi­cro trend hov­er­ing on the cusp of macro. I was re­cently in­vited to speak about down­siz­ing at a prop­erty con­fer­ence in Queens­land. Con­cerned orig­i­nally that I’d been handed a some­what dry topic, my re­search was in­trigu­ing. And

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