I meet a lot of people when I'm staging homes who are in the process of downsizing. Most of the Sellers I meet are choosing to downsize because of a desire to live simpler, wanting a low-maintenance lifestyle. Even though a lot of people choose to downsize at some point in their life, there are still some helpful tips to help with the transition. This week our favorite guest blog contributor, Alice Robertson with tidyhome.com shares what NOT to do when you are downsizing. While downsizing ultimately can ease your lifestyle, the process of moving can be pretty darn stressful and complicated. The last thing you want to do is complicate things even more by going about it all the wrong way. Here’s how to avoid some common mistakes homeowners make when they’re preparing for a downsize.
Consider All Your Needs
When it comes to downsizing, one of the biggest hiccups for some homeowners is not taking all their
needs into account. It’s easy to get caught up in finding size and value and forget some basics. With that in mind, make some notes of your non-negotiables.
For example, if you have a busy family or canine companion, a fenced yard might be on your list of must-haves. If you expect to add onto your family in the way of a baby, or by taking in an older family member, a flex room might make your list. Along those same lines, if aging in place is on your wishlist, consider looking for a home that is well-suited to senior-friendly modifications.
Broaden Your Search
In addition to thinking in terms of current and future needs, older adults might wish to contemplate a different kind of downsize, especially if they have any mobility or health concerns. If you don’t have family close by and you want to enjoy as much independence as possible, an assisted living community could make an ideal transition.
Assisted living communities are designed to promote as much self-sufficiency as you wish, paired with the support you need. Staff can help you with things like dressing and bathing, as well as provide some great amenities like transportation services and group events. You can begin your search online, then tour communities that make the cut. In terms of cost, keep in mind that the median monthly rent in Colorado Springs is about $1,235, which might be a deciding factor for you when looking into assisted living.
Less Space, Less Stuff
No matter what your other search criteria is, by the very nature of downsizing you can expect to have less room for your belongings when you move. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t part ways with enough things prior to the move. In order to make things go smooth as silk, it’s important to do some decluttering with your smaller space in mind.
Sorting your stuff can be really hard! Many people get hung up on things due to a sense of obligation or concern that something will come in handy “someday.” To help with the process, The Mostly Simple Life recommends keeping one big question in mind as you declutter your belongings: “Would I buy this again today?” If the answer is no, it’s time to part ways.
Another space-related concern many homeowners overlook specifically pertains to furniture. Sure, you intend to enjoy lounging on a couch in your new place, but will your big, overstuffed sectional fit into the new, smaller living room? You might want to give up some bigger pieces and invest in some new, smaller furnishings to comfortably outfit your downsized home. To help you sort things out, there are free apps you can use to organize your layout in the new space.
Allow Ample Time
Moving is time-consuming, and many homeowners don’t allow enough time to get everything done. If you have a lot of decluttering to do, you’ll need to pad your timeline to allow for that process, as well as enough time for packing. Unless you’re planning a DIY move, you’ll need to contact movers a couple of months prior to your moving date as well. To ensure you stay on track, use a week-by-week moving checklist from My Moving Reviews.
Downsizing can be a fabulous transition when handled properly. Take all your needs into account, remember you won’t have as much room, and allow enough time to accomplish your to-do list before you move in. And after you’re settled into your new home, make it look the best it can be by hiring an interior decorating company. Toscano Interiors takes your wellness into account and works to boost the mind, body, and spirit through their interior decorating efforts.
If your living room lacks excitement, then you should consider adding a rug to your room and your problem will be solved. A rug completes a room by binding all the pieces inside your room together visually. A rug has the ability to anchor and define any room, add fervor as well as puts a layer in the room’s decoration. Holly Clark, from Land Of Rugs, shares her trade secrets when it comes to choosing the right rug for your living room.
Below are 5 great interior design tips for living room area rugs that will help you to decorate your living room and add the required zeal to your room.
1. Pick the Right Size and Pattern of Your Rug
The first thing you have to consider while buying a rug for your living room is the rug’s size. In case of a living room, it should be longer or at least the same size as your sofa. If you are considering to put a rug under the dining table, then you should keep in mind that there is not only a table but also chairs as well. So, you need to pick a rug with a larger margin to move all those chairs back out of the rug. You also need to consider the pattern of your rug that suits your living room and the furniture in it. Rugs are available in various patterns i.e. rectangular, round, oval, square, etc.
2. Pick the Ideal Material of Your Living Room Rug
You must choose the material of your rug based on the room as well as your finances. For places like entrance, you should look for a bamboo rug, which is easy to sustain and extremely resistant. If you are looking to put a rug in your child’s room, then you should look for materials like acrylic, polyester or polypropylene that are easier to clean due to their synthetic nature. If you want to walk barefooted, look for a furry or long-haired rug to boost the soft feeling on the bottom of your feet.
3. Pick the Perfect Color and Design of Your Rug
Another important criteria for picking a rug for your living room is its design and its color. It primarily depends upon how you see it. Is it just an element of comfort or a designer item inside your living room? For the first condition, you can look for something plain in color and less flashy. For the second condition, you can look for some distinct patterns and hues that display your personality.
4. Pick the Ideal Thickness of Your Rug
When you decide to buy a rug for your living room, you have to consider the rug’s pile or its thickness. Low-pile rugs are more suited to high-traffic areas of your room as it can withstand more wear-and-tear and easier to clean. High-pile rugs are best for areas with less foot traffic. You have to decide which kind of rug is best suited for your living room based on the amount of traffic it gets.
5. Pick the Ideal Sheen of Your Rug
Another important criterion for picking a rug for living room that often gets neglected it the sheen of the rug’s fabric. A rug with high sheen fabric will give your room a luxury touch as well as brighten up the room.
If you haven't already started your Fall decorating, don't worry- I'm sharing my favorite Fall decorating ideas in this week's blog post. They are easy to do, and you won’t break the bank creating them. Any inexperienced DIYer can complete them in as little as an afternoon. Let’s get to it!
1. Cinnamon Stick Candles
Beth at Home Stories A to Z provides this simple and stylish fall centerpiece idea. You won’t need many supplies beyond your favorite candles, some cinnamon sticks and baling twine.
2. Wooden Pumpkin Block
These are simple, and adorable! If you have an old 2×4 laying around the garage somewhere you should be able to pull this off in no time. Find a decent sized twig, and some orange paint and you are nearly there. This idea also comes from Pinterest. You may want to sand the edges and distress the paint for a weathered look. So cute!
3. Fall Candle Vase
This popcorn kernel vase is a great way to bring the fall harvest indoors. What a great way to dress up hurricane vases you can find at your local $1 Store. The raffia bow tops it off perfectly.
4. Farmhouse Fall Chalkboard Sign
Also a totally doable DIY with a little chalk board and some printable stencil lettering if you don’t want to try and freehand it like I did.
5. Farmhouse $1 Store Pumpkins
These took 30 minutes to make, and I have them on display as soon as you walk in to my store- and I have had so many people ask to buy them! Crazy! They don't start off being the most realistic pumpkins, but with a little bit of creativity, well, here you go!
6. Give Thanks $1 Store Pumpkins
This is a great $1 hack from A Diamond in the Stuff. She shows us how a little bit of spray paint and a Cricut goes a long way
7. Apple Tea Light Candles
Juniper Home made these easy apple tea lights look like something right out of a magazine. Lots of other great entertaining tips in this fun DIY post
8. Falling Leaves Garland
The girls over at House of Jade Interiors made $1 Store leaves look amazing with this fun garland hack sure to bring a lot of sparkle to your home this fall.
9. No Sew Fall Placemat Pillow
Three supplies is all you need for this hack. This is a fun and frugal fall project that doesn’t require you to haul out the sewing machine or a needle and thread. In fact My Coupon Expert, shows you how easy it is to whip one up in just minutes.
10. Pumpkin Serving Tray
Here they are again, you know, those hideous $1 Store pumpkins. But Val, over at Val Event Gal, shows us how easy it is to transform these pumpkins into a functional serving tray...a pretty one too!
This week in our Organize Your Home Challenge, we tackled what I find to be the difficult rooms in a house- the kid's rooms.
I truly believe organization is a skill that can be taught, because let’s face it, It is not some inborn trait that you are born with or not born with.
It is also a habit that can be developed. Just like we teach our children to ride a bike, swim, and eating healthy- so too organization can become part of children’s lives as an important habit. To help our children become skilled in organization means that we first have to provide them with an organized environment. The main reason we are here doing this challenge! *high five
Because that is our job as parents, right? To scaffold and support our children as they grow and develop the skills they need to become happy and functioning adults.
I shared my 7 tips for decluttering and organizing kids rooms with our Facebook group, and the results our members have been sharing this week are amazing!
Are you struggling with your kid's room? Need some extra helpful tips and support from other parents like you? Join us over at my Facebook group for only $27!
As my Organize Your Entire Home, A 10-Week Challenge begins, the first thing we MUST address are closets! The first disclaimer I have is- you need to set aside some time to address whatever closet you are tackling, because being interrupted half way through is going to cause even more anxiety because of the mess you are about to create. So with that out of the way, let's get started.
You are going to need a flat surface, so make your bed first (that is if you are working on a closet in a bedroom with a bed) Now remove everything from your closet....yes, everything! And if you have piles of laundry anywhere; wash it and fold it and add it to the mix!
Once your clothing is OUT, you are going to go through each item, one at a time, and sort each clothing item into one of three piles:
Things you LOVE, that you wear regularly, that fit properly, and that are in good condition. These are the clothing items that truly bring you joy. But what if you haven’t worn something for a while but “think” you still LOVE it, then try it on! Make sure. Take the time now or you will be redoing this crazy shit in a month! Yu've got to go with your first reaction, here is the key. Do you feel super amazing when you wear it? Does it make you look incredible? Is your heart happy? Then keep it! Are you not sure about it? It's got to go! Seriously. I may bring someone else happiness, move on.
Items that are ripped or torn, stained, or unclean-ably stinky. Just let it go, even if it’s been a long time favorite!
Items in good repair that you know you don’t wear, don’t love, that don’t fit, or that you no longer need. This pile is a little more difficult in making a decision to keep or let go.
Do not keep something out of a vague sense of guilt; because it is still in good shape but you don’t wear it; or because it was expensive so you can’t let it go, but it's time to let it go. What is it really serving? It's not serving anything, it's just taking up space!
If you are like me you may change out your closet wth the seasons, so you store those items until it's time for them to come out. If this is you, get those clothes out to and apply the same tips.
Another helpful tip if you're a clothes hoarder like I comfortably admit to being, something I do every time I purchase something new- whether it's a new top, dress, shoes- I donate 3 things for every one new thing I add to my closet. This has helped tremendously cut down the amount of clutter in my closet. Keeping your wardrobe to a reasonable level will mean that you never overcrowd your closets, dressers, and bedroom again. Because we really don’t want to end up back where we started, do we? I know I don’t!
For more tips on how to organize your closets, join the discussion on Facebook, by joining my 10-week challenge. It's only $27 for the entire 10 weeks, and you can begin anytime!
This week my focus is making the most out of small spaces, and here with another guest article from Alice Robertson with Tidy Home Co. She is such a delight and savvy when it comes to using your small spaces in a more functional way, and let's not forget...still making a statement!
Over the course of time, we all seem to accumulate a lot of “stuff.” If your belongings are starting to pile up, or if you just could use a little more elbow room, some clever storage tricks can be the key to a more comfortable house. Here are smart strategies to help make the most of the space you have so you can have a home that’s tidy and efficient.
Look at the Big Picture
When it comes to making the most of your available space, it’s important to take a hard look at your entire abode. Whether you live in a small house or your home simply lacks storage, examining the space throughout can help you find the answers to your issue. Think in terms of evaluating every square inch — from the basement to the garage and everything in between — so you can best maximize your property’s potential. HomeAdvisor offers some excellent tips and resources for organizing your entire home.
Clear Up Your Clutter
One of the first steps toward getting more organized is to eliminate the things you don’t use. As you go through your home, you’ll want to look at items with the mindset of three sorting categories: items to keep, items to sell or give away, and items that need to be discarded. If you have things you’re on the fence about, you can always store them off-site while you contemplate life without them. Having those items elsewhere is a great way to test drive whether you really miss them. Or, if the job is simply unwieldy and you don’t have room for everything, you can book a self-storage unit while you pursue in-home storage solutions. A 5’x5’ storage unit in Colorado Springs can be rented for as low as $35 a month at Mini U Storage - Motor City.
Cupboards and Cabinetry
Making the most of the storage built into your home can be a huge boost in helping you get organized and stay on top of your storage concerns. Examine your kitchen and bathroom cabinets for opportunities to be more efficient. Put your commonly used items where they are handy, and use totes for cleaning supplies so you can grab them as you need them. You can set up separate totes for your various jobs, such as a bathroom cleaning tote and a kitchen cleaning tote, and keep them near where you will use them. Keep enough supplies handy to do what you need, but don’t purchase an abundance and have them taking up valuable storage space.
Make areas that are inefficient more useful with shelves, totes, or storage bins (can be purchased for $11.34). Lazy-susans and pull-out shelves can make deep, low-level areas more accessible, helping you reach and use the items you store there. Keep similar items together, such as dry goods together on their shelves, so you know where to look for them. In the bathroom, keep hair supplies in one area, first aid in a special tote or container, and makeup in an appropriate bag.
Are your closets cramped, dark, and disorganized? Most traditionally structured closets just have a bar for your wardrobe and a shelf overhead, which makes poor use of the space. Installing a closet system can help you get on top of the clutter and help you keep your clothing tidier. If funds are tight, consider checking thrift shops and second-hand stores for shallow bookcases or dressers you can slide inside your closets. Pretty them up with trim, paint, and shelf paper. It’s an inexpensive solution that can help optimize your space, and you will enjoy seeing your handiwork when you’re preparing for the day.
If your home doesn’t provide much in the way of closets, attic space, or other ready storage, adding attractive, built-in structures like open shelving and cabinets can put otherwise useless wall space to work. Pick up some bookcases and paint them all the same shade to make the most of small areas, or for an eclectic look, try a few hues that pull together your color scheme. Install attractive boxes and totes on the shelves, or along those same lines, you can hang boxes directly on your walls if floor space is already occupied. In your garage and basement, you can search salvage yards for second-hand cabinets to add better organization, and add storage protected from pests and weather changes. A good scrubbing and a coat of paint can turn even ugly and worn cabinets into useful and attractive storage solutions.
Double Duty Furniture
A great way to make the most of your belongings is to find furniture that can pull double duty. Instead of buying a traditional bed, purchase a platform bed with drawers underneath (you can buy a bed with drawers for $499.99). Turn a vintage trunk into your coffee table, or stack old suitcases next to the sofa so they can multitask as your end table. Look for desks and tables with drawer space, and opt for ottomans with hidden compartments. Rather than letting clutter accumulate on horizontal surfaces, add attractive trays and totes to keep things sorted.
Even homes with limited square footage or minimal storage can stay neat, tidy, and functional. Look for ways to make the most of the space you have, and create more storage where you need it. With clever strategies, you can keep ahead of your clutter and enjoy a more comfortable, efficient, and attractive home.
Author, Candance Toscano
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