New Year, new you! Now that 2018 is behind you, the time has come to make some positive changes in your life. Assuming that you have been creating small positive habits throughout last year, perhaps now is the time to simplify your life and downsize your living environment to something more comfortable, chic, and functional?
The problem with the modern way of life is that we tend to believe that we absolutely need all this stuff, and that a larger space always makes for a better, happier living environment. In reality, though, all of this creates a hefty burden your mind and soul might not be willing to carry, especially now that you’re reaching your silver years. Here to help you lead a balanced life imbued with happiness and zeal are the key steps you should take in order to have a stress-free move and downsize in style.
Tend to meticulous decluttering
First things first, let’s acknowledge the fact that you will need to part ways with some of your belongings in order to make the smaller space more livable and flexible in the long run. It might not be an easy thing to do, especially considering the fact that many of your belongings carry sentimental value, but it is a crucial step nonetheless.
Before you start tossing things out, though, consider alternative ways to keep certain items without actually cluttering the new place. You can start by deciding which items should have a place in your new home, and then assess how much storage you have available to store your other belongings. If your new home has a basement or an attic, then by all means fill the space up will valuables you simply can’t discard from your life.
Prep the new layout
Not knowing where everything should go in the new space is a recipe for disaster, as nothing good can come out of unloading the truck in the middle of the foyer. Instead, you need to have a solid game plan. The first thing you need to do is to map out the new interior and make a rough plan as to the position of every piece of furniture and appliance.
Your taste and preference will change once you move in, of course, but moving things around will be infinitely easier if the furniture is already in the room. Remember, only an amateur will forget to bring a tape measure, so make sure to measure every corner and every piece of furniture in order to ensure a perfect fit.
Move out on your own terms
Moving house is notoriously stressful, in most cases. If you want to prevent a panic attack and have a smooth move though, the most important thing is to secure adequate transportation and handling. You might be able to box everything up yourself, but you really should leave the lifting and loading to your younger family members or professional movers.
As for transportation, there is no need to waste money or time having someone else drive the stuff to the new place, as there are plenty of affordable options out there such as Budget truck hire that gives you the freedom to move out on your own terms without busting the proverbial bank. With that in mind, be sure to consider all options before you decide on the best way to relocate, but don’t wait until the last minute to make your decision.
Be smart about your storage space
Moving into a smaller space is all about meticulous planning and preparation, and one of the most important steps is to plan your “active” storage space. This is the space that serves a functional purpose in your everyday life – here you will put things that you will actually be using on a daily basis. Now, while you can resort to introducing plenty of cabinets, drawers, and an armoire in every room, you should emphasize vertical storage above everything else.
Remember there’s much more space above eye level than you think, so consider adding plenty of floating shelves on top of each other in every room, and then prioritize each one. On the lowest shelves you can put your daily necessities, as they will be the easiest to reach. As you move upward, place your seldom-used items and decorative pieces. All of a sudden, your new home won’t feel small at all!
Make it cozy, flexible, and stylish
Lastly, there is no reason why the new place shouldn’t be flexible and stylish at the same time. You needn’t sacrifice comfort for the sake of spaciousness and functionality, or vice versa, you only need to introduce flexible furniture wherever you can. For example, make the living room furniture easily movable by choosing lighter pieces that you can rearrange at a moment’s notice.
This way, you can create a comfy seating area for the guests, but also rearrange it to face the entertainment center should the occasion demand it. Use this mindset to make every room in your new home flexible, comfortable, and stylish.
People rarely realize it, but downsizing can be quite liberating and infinitely rewarding – you just need to make that grand first step. That said, moving can be a stressful chore, so let these tips help you organize and conduct a stress-free relocation that will allow you to change your life for the better.
This post was graciously provided by Cooper Klein. Cooper is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for Smoothdecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.