Downsizing: From little things big things grow

September 28, 2015
Ali Batten

It’s the sanctuary for newborn babies, the venue of birthday parties, the battleground of angry teens and the site of the fragrant garden you planted and nurtured; it’s home, but now it’s time to move on.
Just because you no longer need the space doesn’t mean downsizing from a larger home to a smaller one is easy. If downsizing is in the not too distant future, consider the following tips to help ensure a smooth transition.

Share and celebrate
In many ways it makes sense to downsize when we have the physical and mental health to help guide us to the next stage of life. So just because we sell up doesn’t mean we forget the memories we hold so dear.
Continue to share and celebrate all the memories the house holds for you, knowing that you can take them with you in your mind and create new memories in your smaller abode.

Embrace your emotions
Like any major life transition, leaving the place you call home can bring a host of mixed and contradictory emotions, ranging from sadness, and loss to joy, excitement and the anticipation of starting again. Embrace the uncomfortable emotions that may accompany downsizing as they are not a sign the move is a bad idea, but rather a reflection of the way we naturally process change.

Prioritise home values
Regardless of whether your move is by choice or beyond your control, downsizing can feel overwhelming because you are forced to process physical and emotional clutter that may have been ignored for decades. It can also feel like you are leaving behind memories that have shaped who you are and your family, so you might feel like you’re losing a part of yourself.
List all the things that you value in a home and rank them in order of importance, then empower yourself by ensuring, where possible, at least some of your needs will be met in your new home.

Refer to the past
When we make the decision to move into a smaller home it can be the start of a wonderful independent fresh chapter, but if we feel pressured to move because of financial constraints, the death of a partner or simply because other people think we should, then downsizing can open up all kinds of wounds.
Reflect on other life transitions you have navigated well, and if this feels too challenging, ask family and friends to recall when you have managed significant change positively in the past.

Remember the light
Focus on the end result instead of being overwhelmed and bogged down by the moving process. We all want to live lives filled with meaning and purpose but this is not necessarily dependent on the place we call home.

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