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Downsizing Tips

Tuesday, November 3, 2015   /   by Extreme Home Selling Team

Downsizing Tips

Life changes.
It can follow the plan.
It can catch you by surprise.
It veers off randomly.
It creates an arbitrary pattern of unknowing reason that makes you want to bang your head against the wall some days!

Cat's Head Against the Wall

One of those days can be going to contract on your beloved home... Finally!
Now comes the MOMENT OF TRUTH (for MOST people anyway) when you've got to make quick work of the abundance of possessions collected over the years! You've probably seen the shows that help you weed out what to Keep, what to Sell, what to Toss and what to Donate. It's great advice when you aren't under pressure to do anything about the silent mountain of schtuff hiding under the bed in the Store OOPS! I mean Guest Room. Hopefully, you don't identify with Hoarding: Buried Alive! That's an entirely different conversation to be had with a psychologist... If you have watched any of these shows, follow the Hosts' techniques by segregating areas of a room into Keep, Sell, Toss, Donate corners and begin the task of sorting! When one area becomes full, Box the Keep Items, Tag the Sell Items,  Bag the Donate Items and Throw away the Toss Items. If you have time, check eBay or Amazon for values on your Sale Items. Price accordingly! You can buy white tags or round Dot Labels at your local Office Supply store on the cheap!

Keep Sell Donate Toss

One way to help you minimize your possessions is to get an estimate on moving what you will have left. It may turn out to be VERY COSTLY especially if moving out of the region! Get an estimate on Storage Lockers too for complete awareness. Prices may vary based on city, state and climate!

Consider donating household items to an organization that employs people to repair small mechanicals. Not everything needs to be trashed. Many groups will send a truck and Driver to collect household items and clothing AND give you a receipt for your donation! Make a couple of calls before you feel overwhelmed so you know who will relieve you of what burdens!

Salvation Army  Goodwill 

Once you've removed all the extra from your life, you're ready to bring the essentials into your new home.
So how DO you live LARGE in a small space...?

1. Create Zones: Break up the space into smaller areas may seem counter-productive but it will appear that you actually have more room. Use rugs to define each space and anchor each zone with larger pieces of furniture.

Small Space ecor

2. Bring the focus/eye line UP: Hang your Artwork and Curtains tall and wide. Curtains should start just below the ceiling and hang to the floor, extending beyond the window frames makes the window feel larger also. Use shelves in a vertical line to create a sense of height.

Small Space Artwork Display

3. Paint Your World: Create an accent wall. Definition. Illusion. Depth. Bold. Dark. All of these adjectives are useful in the world of color!

Small Space Paint

4. Light it Up: Fluorescent Lighting is a big No-Go now. Recessed Lighting is great for overall but use Floor, Table and Sconce lamps to create Ambient Lighting setting the mood in a variety of ways with different bulb hues.

Small Space Lighting

5. Update Water Fixtures: Take a good look at the Bath and Kitchen Faucets. If you're going to be here for a while (renters included), you just might choose to replace that spotty rusted faucet with a new, fresh, clean one. Check the Shower head too! You can always bag the old ones and re-install before you move out taking the new fixtures with you for the next home! I always change the shower head. It relieves me of the heebie jeebies and buying one is so inexpensive, it's well worth the $30 or so for a non-creepy shower experience!


Small Space Fixtures

To Summarize....

Edit,  Edit, Edit!

Hold Weekly Yard Sales! Then DONATE the Remainder! L.E.T.  I.T.  G.O.

Don't Expect to Make Money Selling Your Stuff!  D.O.N.T.  H.A.G.G.L.E. (see above)

This is an opportunity to start anew. Don't muck it up!

Now, put on some Happy Music and HAPPY SORTING from YOUR Extreme Home Selling Team!


CHIP DEACON, Broker-Associate
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Jeff Kaplan, Customer Care Team
Shari Shepard, Team Admin
Laura Dobrin, Realtor - Buyer's Agent

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