Tips on Downsizing Your Minneapolis Home

Whether you are downsizing your home to save your squeaky knees from the rigors of climbing the stairs in your multi-story McMansion or to achieve a simpler lifestyle, read on for tips to get you started.

Make Downsizing Your Home Easy On Yourself

Downsizing doesn’t have to be a marathon event. Start slow by tackling one room, or even one part of a room, at a time. Different variations of this theme include starting with your book collection, paperwork or beginning in a room that doesn’t hold items of sentimental value, such as the kitchen.

Making The Tough Decisions

One of the initial steps to getting a home ready to sell involves de-cluttering. Think of the first steps in downsizing as de-cluttering on steroids and yourself as a multi-tasking ace as you start this process.

First, make decisions about what you will take with you to the new home and what you’ll part with. Items in the latter category require additional decisions: will you give them away, sell them or trash them?

To effectively use the following tips requires having a good idea of how much space you’ll have in the new home. Is the living room roughly half the size of your current one? Try to compare the size of the rooms in your current home with those in the new home to make it easier to determine how much of your current furniture can make the move with you.

Use large boxes, bins or even designated floor space to separate your belongings in each room according to the decisions you’ve made about them. The giveaway items will need to be further categorized as to whom they will go, for instance “kids,” “charity,” and “friends.”

When handling an item, ask yourself first, how important it is to you. If it’s a “must keep,” then you’re finished with that item and you can pack it. If not, ask yourself how it fits with your new lifestyle. "If you don't entertain anymore, don't bring a ton of serving platters to your new home," Ann Bass, a senior-move manager in Asheville, N.C. tells the Wall Street Journal.

Living Inside Of The Box

If the new house presents substantially tighter quarters than the old house, Bass suggests figuring out a way to give each person their own space. One way to do this is to draw up a floor plan of the new house and play with different furniture arrangements. Once you know where the furniture goes you can determine which spaces you can carve out for a sewing corner or a spouse’s hobby area.

Storage space may be at a premium in the new, smaller digs - something that won’t be too much of a concern if you judiciously downsized your belongings. If you need more space, consider going vertical. Install shelves above the rod in the closets and over the washer and dryer and raise the bed to create space underneath. When shopping for furniture, look for pieces that serve several functions, such as an ottoman with storage, comfy enough to also serve as extra seating.

There’s a lot to like about a more minimalist lifestyle. For some, the pursuit is liberating, for others it’s terrifying. If the thought of ditching your belongings and moving into a smaller space makes your heart beat quicken and your palms moist, don’t think of it as “downsizing,” suggests the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Instead, consider it “rightsizing.”

If you're looking at downsizing, touring a variety of houses to get a real understanding of what that will really mean. Contact us to arrange showings.