What we used to think of as downsizing is now considered rightsizing, as homeowners of all ages look to declutter and live large for less. But even as the transition to a smaller place is liberating, the initial decision can be fraught with emotion—particularly for those selling the home they raised their family in.
Whether you’re an empty nester entering your next phase of life, or a young couple looking to live more sustainably, the tips below will help make the shift a seamless one.
- Take inventory of your current space. Which rooms do you truly use?
- Sell or donate items you don’t plan to keep, so you don’t end up paying to store or move them.
- Is it the right time to buy or sell? Talk to me about current market trends to ensure you’re strongly positioned.
- Determine and prioritize your needs for the future. Whether you’re looking at 55+ condos for sale in Edmonton, assisted living condos in Edmonton, or just a smaller house, I can customize a property search for you.
Embrace the Space
- Look for raised ceilings, lighter wall colours, and big windows, all of which open a smaller space.
- Consider multifunctional furniture, like coffee tables with nested chairs beneath them or ottomans that double as storage.
- Use floor-to-ceiling curtains, which are like putting stiletto heels on a room.
- Decorate with a few larger statement pieces instead of many smaller ornamental pieces.
- Use area rugs to define spaces.
- Create the illusion of square footage with strategically placed mirrors.
Embrace your New Lifestyle
- This is what you’ve been waiting for! Time formerly spent mowing the lawn or doing maintenance is now free for leisure.
- Social clubs, fitness centres, games’ rooms, libraries and even car washes are just some of the amenities you can look forward to at many 55+ condominiums.
- Make friends. Part of the allure of adult living is the camaraderie that comes from your new neighbours.
- Enjoy more disposable income now that you’ve reduced things like energy costs, property taxes and mortgage payments.
“Downsizing” implies sacrifice or letting go; rightsizing is consciously choosing a lifestyle, getting real about your needs, and sleeping soundly because you’re exactly where you want to be.