By Lucy Rosetti & Alexia Ford
Downsizing isn’t right for everyone, but it does come with many perks that make it much more sustainable than living in a larger space. Not only does it save you money, but there are also several amenities that come with rentals that make life easier. Whether you’re looking for a temporary apartment, a spot closer to work, or a smaller place that requires less upkeep, there are several self-care benefits that come with downsizing. Passion Organizing presents a few tips on how to make such a move as smoothly as possible.
Think realistically about what you need
Downsizing comes with a lot of details to consider, such as how much space you’ll need in order to accommodate your lifestyle while still making it financially worthwhile. Do some research online to find out what sort of properties are available in your area and what the average prices are. In nearby Atlanta, rental prices run between $700 and $1,400 on average. Take a look at the number of rooms, the available amenities, and the proximity to school and work. When thinking about size, take into account that most downsizes require some belongings to be donated, sold, or put into storage because there won’t be room for it all in the new place.
Get rid of clutter
Along with saving money, another perk that comes with downsizing is the ability to get rid of clutter and simplify your life. Not only is this a chance to start over and give yourself a mental health boost, but it’s also a good way to look at your belongings with a fresh eye. Revive old furniture by cleaning the upholstery and wood and repurpose it in a different room. Replace curtains that have been faded by the sun. Get organized and throw out things you don’t need before you start packing; this way, you won’t have to take a lot of items that will just end up being donated or trashed anyway. If you have not used the item in the past two years, it is probably time to get rid of it.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to get rid of everything altogether; you can keep collections of things like records and books by transferring them to digital files or downloading them to your devices, then donating the physical items.
Prepare for less upkeep
Getting rid of clutter and large items you no longer need is part of another downsizing perk: less upkeep. Cleaning, making repairs, and paying for maintenance can become tedious and costly when you own a home or are in a larger space. Going smaller means you’ll have more time to focus on your family or doing things you enjoy. Not only that, it’s a major advantage for older adults who want to ensure that their home is safe and comfortable well into their senior years as they age in place.
Save some money
Not only will you have less to worry about when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, but you’ll also save quite a bit of money with a downsize. Going from a large monthly mortgage to a smaller rental is only the tip of the iceberg; you’ll also have lower monthly utility bills and, most likely, a smaller carbon footprint with an apartment. Consider using eco-friendly light bulbs and energy-saving appliances in your new place to save even more money each month and promote a green lifestyle.
Downsizing has many advantages, but it’s important to do your research first and prepare a budget in order to make it work for your needs. Keep in mind that there are some up-front costs associated with a move to an apartment, such as pet fees, security deposits, movers and supplies.
Whenever you decide to downsize, remember to look at the whole picture and do what is best for you. Good Luck!
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