Your Guide to Downsizing after the Kids Move Out

Posted by on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 5:42pm

So your kids have all taken the plunge and found living arrangements out of your home. While this may depress some, it can be great news! Now you can downsize and move to a location of your dreams, like Jacksonville. A smaller home has many benefits, including:

·         Cheaper price

·         Less to pay in property taxes

·         Less cleaning and maintenance

·         Easier to care for

Now you just have to get there! Here’s what you need to know about downsizing after the kids move out.

Stop being emotional

Sure, selling a home, especially one you’ve raised a family in, will be a very emotional time. But, now is the time to think with your head. Change your thought process from thinking about the past and move it into the future. Imagine all the free time you’ll have in your new home and how you can entertain friends and travel if you need to.

Take inventory

You’ve probably accumulated a lot over the years. Taking inventory may be the hardest part of this whole process. You will need to go room by room and decide what stays and what goes. Be cut-throat about it too, because everything that stays will need to go into a box and move to your next space. Because it is smaller, it will need a place to go. Imagine your new home and where each item will go. Each item in your home should be there for a reason and these should be because it has a purpose or because you love it (and I mean truly love it). Items that you feel “meh” about should go. Items you haven’t used in years should go. If you have sentimental items that you’ve been holding on to because they belonged to a dead relative, but you never really loved them, give them to your kids!

Sell or donate

Once you’ve decided what’s going, decide if you’ll sell it or donate it or put it in the trash. You might as well make some money from these items you’ve kept for so long. Hold a garage sale, put some things on Kijiji or sell them at auction if they have a worth. If you don’t want to go through with the hassle of selling, there are many organizations that take someone’s used items and treasure them.

Purchase something new

While this advice may seem counterintuitive, purchasing new furniture, artwork or even bedding will help you make a fresh start in your new home. This is a new chapter in your life and you may want to move your home from being a family-friendly abode to a single or couple’s paradise. Decorate it not for safety or use, but for your individual taste. This is a fresh start!

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