Every house provides a lifetime of happy memories for kids that will follow them into adulthood. There will come a time where each child leaves the nest. At first, you may want to hold onto the house your little ones grew up in. What if they fall hard on the bottom and need a place to crash? And besides, this house has all of your happy memories too!
However, there will be a point where the house becomes too much to handle. Downsizing might seem daunting or pointless right now. Just keep an open mind as we try to help you look at the pros of cutting back. Here’s how and why you should start thinking about downsizing.
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Why You Should Think About Downsizing
Getting older is not fun. Therefore, you need to have fun as you get older. Upkeeping a house that was meant to serve an army will serve you (and your spouse) no good as it starts to fall apart. Let’s face it. The best years of the house have already happened. Now comes the repairs you never thought your house will need.
Upkeeping your house can be costly. Trying to make your way to retirement and enjoying the fruits of your labor doesn’t typically include reno projects. Get out before the house gives out.
Also, you want to leave your large house before you can’t. Nobody wants to live in a big area where you can’t reach the kitchen promptly or the bathroom is up a flight of stairs you can’t ascend. Start thinking about how the conveniences in your life will become inconvenient. Then come up with a plan to find a place that can accommodate your needs.
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How to Start Downsizing
Downsizing is a monumental decision. It’s one that should never be taken lightly. Therefore, take as much time as you need. However, there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling.
For every new item you bring into the house, chuck one out. When you are finally ready to sell, you are going to have to get rid of so much stuff. There’s going to be your belongings, your spouse’s, your children’s, and anyone who’ve you inherited from. That’s a lot!
If you know there’s no monetary value to an item that you no longer feel a nostalgic pull toward, then get rid of it now. That warm feeling will most likely not return and you have a bunch of other items that will fill that void.
Bring in appraisers if you are unsure of the value of anything. If they don’t purchase your unwanted costume jewelry or fine China set, have a tag sale. There’s nothing more rewarding than getting compensated for items that once brought you happiness. Now they’re going to enrich the lives of others.
Lastly, if you are curious about downsizing, talk to those who have. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t find it a cathartic process. Then, give it a try yourself!