You may be at that time in your life where you feel that you need to downsize. It may be that you have had a family that are now grown up and have now moved on, or maybe the sprawling home you always wanted now seems too much of a burden. If you live in Morecambe it may be that you have chosen a house that would serve as a Bed and Breakfast but now you have decided that the time has come to hang up the bed linen and bacon and move on to smaller things. Or perhaps you are relocating or retiring to a smaller home in Putney.

Whatever the reason, there is always a time in your life where you need to move and accommodate your current needs and not those of those that used to live with you. If you have chosen to downsize then you need to ensure that you make the necessary arrangements to accommodate for your new home.

Consider the size of your new property and compare it to the size of your existing property, if it is half the size then you will only be able to take half your things. Highlight which of your furniture will not be moving with you to your new home, along with anything else inside that you do not need or want. If you currently have a 4 bedroom and are moving to a 2 bedroom then you will either need to sell or put into storage the items that you will not be taking with you. You will need to be ruthless and ensure that that anything you no longer use, like or isn’t a necessity, is gone.

The same will apply to clothes, ornaments and occasional furniture. Just because you have them now does not mean you will or should have them in the future. We are terrible hoarders and have a tendency to keep things that we no longer need!

The downsizing rules apply to the outside as well as the inside. Your garden may well be smaller or non-existent once you move. If you do not have the space for a greenhouse, patio or table and chairs then you must get rid of them. You can sell them, store them or give them to someone else in the family to keep, or even leave in your home to try and increase the sale value. If you are unsure as to whether to get rid of something or not, why not try storing it in a box in your home or a friend’s home for a couple of weeks, and see how many times you go to use it or want it for something.

It can and will be a difficult time when it comes to downsizing. It may not be your choice to move home, in today’s current climate many moves are made for the sake of finances and the family and not through choice. It may be that the place you are leaving behind, even through choice, has many memories and it is hard to move on and leave all that has happened there; first marital home, first child, first pet. Whatever the reason you must reconcile yourself with the fact that you choosing to downsize has happened for a reason and that reason is the best for you and your family. You can take pictures and memories with you and no matter where you are or when, you can take the time out to reflect and remember the fond times of place and times gone past.

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