Downsizing Your Home

If you are thinking about downsizing your home, perhaps looking for a condo to replace your single-family house, it is natural to be hesitant or have some qualms about it. The hesitation could be due to all the memories—and belongings—that have accumulated in the old place, but don’t let those things hold you back from taking that next step.

Of course, just moving can be a hassle, especially if you have been living in one house for decades, because there are a lot of possessions to sift through, and figure out if they will fit in the new place. It’s a good exercise to do in a way, if you haven’t been. Speaking from personal experience, I moved from one home to another four years ago and I still haven’t opened several boxes of stuff that I packed up and took with me. My back was killing me from carrying the heavy boxes up the stairs, but I guess I didn’t really need what is in them anyway.

 Garage sales and Internet auction sites are a good way of getting rid of things too, and making a little money too. Cash is easier to carry into your new home, whatever the size.  

But when you are downsizing your home, there is no need to pare your possessions down to nothing either. There should be a happy medium. While condos are generally going to be smaller than your old house, you might be surprised when you start looking that many of them are spacious, and have quite a bit of storage space too, and it is not just in closets either. Most condos come with locked storage spaces that are either downstairs in the garage or laundry area, or just down the hall. And if you haven’t looked at any condos or homes lately, you might be surprised to find how much storage space is built into newer models, with display cases and bookcases set back into walls as a space saving measure. So there is no need to get  rid of all your books and knickknacks.     

Also, if you have a green thumb and are hesitant about downsizing your home and moving to a condo or townhome because you won’t be able to putter around in your backyard garden, there are ways to get around that too. Some newer condo developments now have “green roofs” where condo owners are encouraged to plant gardens as a way of cutting down on power usage, but really, if you are interested in condo gardening, all you need is a balcony. You can plant almost any flower or vegetable on a balcony.  Of course watermelon and corn might be out of the question, but tomatoes can be grown in pots, or even hanging upside down.

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