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Cut your housework in half!

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Published: 03/06/2012

by KIMBERLEY SELDON

Cut your housework in half, eliminate tedious yard work and increase your savings. I’ve got your attention now, don’t I? With enticing benefits like these, how is it that downsizing still has a negative connotation?

 

Some people leave a cherished home only when the children are grown and managing it becomes too difficult. However, many are considering the virtues of downsizing (shouldn’t it be smart-sizing?) at a younger age. Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your lifestyle, shifting energy from child-rearing and property maintenance to the freedoms inherent with a smaller, smarter home. Here are some dos and don’ts to consider.

 

Do reconsider ‘needs’. Perhaps the industrial-sized range and sub-zero refrigerator are not really necessary.

 

Do develop a floor plan for the new space before making any furniture choices. Your favourite sofa may look like it fits in the new home; make sure it does! Measure the front door opening, as well as the space of any stairs or elevators that need to be negotiated.

 

Do eliminate the entertainment centre and the purchase of a giant, flat-screen television.

 

Don’t decorate for how you wish you lived; rather, shape your home to how you actually live. If guests turn up rarely, then perhaps a hobby room is more worthwhile than an extra bedroom. If cooking is not your forte, than opt out of expensive kitchen appliances.

 

Don’t limit rooms to a single use. The living room may be ideal for watching television, crafting and housing the occasional overnight guest. Again, a floor plan helps you realize these goals.

 

Don’t overlook potential tax considerations of downsizing. A tax specialist can help you assess the most favourable
financial position available to you.

 

Kimberley’s tips for editing your stuff Nearly everyone agrees that the task of moving is monumental. Ease the strain by beginning the process of editing your belongings months ahead of the moving date.

Set a time goal, say 20 minutes, and agree to tackle a single room for that period each day.

 

Ruthlessly consider the need for each item. If you haven’t worn it, used it or enjoyed it for more than a year, it’s
unlikely you’ll miss it.

 

Children and relatives may be less enthusiastic to receive your castoffs than you imagined. Respect their right to
create a home that matches their vision and consider charities that sincerely appreciate gently used goods.

 

Take care not to edit personality and expression from your new home. Incorporate collectibles and display items that
have personal meaning, allowing your most treasured possessions to assume pride of place. 

 

Kimberley Seldon Design Group is a full-service design, build and decorate firm. For more information, phone
416-780-9187 ext. 227, or visit www.kimberleyseldon.com.

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