Downsizing your home is a great idea and something that many people do when they reach retirement. If you want to save money on bills, as well as free up some equity, then this is a good option. However, it can also come with difficulties, as you will have more stuff in a large house than you can fit into a smaller one, so it takes some good organisation in order to ensure that you end up still having plenty of room in your new home.
To start with, you will likely need to get rid of some stuff. Extra furniture, clothes and general household items are things that it is likely you will have to get rid of. There are lots of ways that you can do this – for example, a furniture recycling place or a charity like the British heart foundation will be able to take large items away for you. Alternatively, you might want to sell it, or give it to a family member.
Once you have decided what you are going to be keeping, think about how you will organise your home and what you can use for storage. Be creative with storage – for example, for things that you use rarely, such as Christmas decorations, look into using self storage like this self storage Swindon based facility www.anchorselfstorage.co.uk/self-storage/swindon/ as this will mean that you don’t have to find a place to store it in your home.
You can also think about storing things on shelves that you can put up, or using furniture like beds and sofas that have built-in storage underneath.
Before you move into your new home, have a look at the rooms and the sizes of them and designate how they can be used best. Planning well at this stage means that you won’t be over cluttering the rooms, as you will know what everything in there is for. You can also think about the ways that you can decorate and organise the rooms in order to make the most of the space, for example using light colours and mirrors to reflect the light in a smaller space can help to increase the feeling of space in it.