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Guest post by Alex Romanov
You don’t need to be a minimalist to embrace the merits of a less-cluttered home. In fact, many new homeowners agree that downsizing is now the new cool.
There are many reasons you might want to downsize a home and many benefits as well. Imagine getting rid of the huge utility bills and stress of maintaining a large home. If that sounds good, downsizing might be the right way to go. As you age, one of the smartest moves you can make in the pursuit of a simple life is to downsize your home.
However, the reality for most people is that downsizing is an overwhelming experience. Many homeowners, especially seniors, avoid the process when they consider the stress involved in downsizing their homes.
Most people do not realize how much stuff they own until they open all of the boxes, cabinets, closets, cupboards, dressers, and shelves. Then they are startled by the number of things they own and have never used — and probably never will.
Downsizing your home boils down to three things: getting rid of things weighing you down, selling your house, and buying a new home. Here, we will focus on getting rid of personal items that are preventing you from moving on to the next step. We recommend you donate, recycle, or toss the less frequently used items that consume much needed real estate in your home. Should you choose to donate, a place like Goodwill is a great place to start.
Here are a few expert tips on downsizing your home:
1. Hire a pro
To many, the process of downsizing their homes is easier said than done. If you find yourself in this group, the benefits of hiring a professional can never be overemphasized. A professional in this field can help get moving very quickly.
2. Get your furniture right
Downsizing could bring up a lot of emotions because it’s the time you have to let go of some of the things you hold dear. The large TV screen could have been hanging there for almost a decade, but is it necessary? Do you really need the large coffee table or the supersized sofa in your future home? Visualize your future space, then see how you can replace the larger furniture with smaller, more compact pieces.
3. Repurpose and give
There is joy in giving. Plus, what’s more fulfilling than knowing that the stuff you gave away is used and loved? While it’s okay to hang on to some things with sentimental value, you can let go of other pieces to be loved by others.
4. Check all the boxes
Going through all the boxes in the house could prove overwhelming. This is when you’ll discover that you’ve accumulated a lot of things over the years — things you rarely use. Why not donate some, recycle others, and keep the valuable ones?
5. Digitalize where possible
It’s normal to find stacks of papers kept in cabinets around your house. These could be old documents, books, files, etc. You can choose to scan vital documents for future reference and then discard the less needed items Thanks to free tools like Google Drive, you can save large files at no cost.
6. Tidy up
After you identify the things you want to move, make sure that these items are grouped in an orderly way. Similar items should be grouped together with labels to identify them. If you want a hassle-free transition to your new home, don’t procrastinate this step until moving time.
Once you are ready, you can sell your house through a realtor, for sale by owner, or even directly to a cash buyer. For example, iwillbuyhouse.com buys houses anywhere in the United States and also helps with relocation costs, which can alleviate some of the hassle and time that is traditionally associated with home selling.
Alex Romanov is a co-founder of a real estate investment company in Seattle, Washington. Prior to his real estate venture, Alex was a manager at the Boeing Company. Alex holds an MBA and an Engineering master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.