Downsizing is often associated with the later stages of life, but did you know there are many benefits that come with moving to a smaller home? From decluttering your home to reducing your carbon footprint, downsizing can be a great way to make a fresh start, all alongside saving the pennies.
So what actually is downsizing?
While there are many reasons all different kinds of people choose to downsize, it means the same thing to just about everyone. Downsizing can be defined as making do with less, moving to a smaller home in order to live a more simple, more cost-effective and less cluttered lifestyle.
Increased Cash Flow: Fewer Maintenance Costs
Let’s start with one of the most obvious reasons more and more people are considering moving to a smaller home; downsizing is a great way of dramatically cutting the costs. The first big cost to be reduced when you’re downsizing is your mortgage payments. Moving to a smaller house naturally leads to reduced outgoings every month, perhaps even meaning you can live mortgage-free.
The reduced outgoings that come with downsizing mean you can save the pennies when it comes to your energy bills too. A smaller building means fewer rooms to maintain. Day to day living costs like your water bill, heating and electricity will be reduced when you move, alongside maintenance costs of repairing and upkeeping a bigger building. If you’re beginning to live more of an environmentally conscious lifestyle, this means that downsizing can help you streamline your carbon footprint, using less energy and having less of an impact on the environment.
Decluttering: Embracing a Minimalist Lifestyle
Heard of the buzz surrounding decluttering? Thanks to Marie Kondo and the phenomenon of tidying up your home, decluttering is becoming one of the best and most simple ways for you to shake up your space. Whether you’re tired of rifling through countless clothes while you’re getting ready every morning, or you’ve got extra pots and pans clogging up your cupboards, downsizing is a great opportunity to let go of the unnecessary bits and pieces you’ve accumulated over the years. This will be sure to give you a psychological boost, leaving you spending less time buying, sorting and taking care of your belongings, and more time enjoying your new space. You might even find that downsizing helps you cut down on the amount of material possessions you’re buying once you’re settled in your new home, making your minimalist lifestyle a long-lasting possibility.
If you want to embrace a minimalist lifestyle, but you’re not quite ready to let go of all your possessions, you could think about placing your items in long term storage while you’re downsizing. Monitored 24/7 with CCTV, our secure storage units are handily placed all over London. This means that no matter where you choose to relocate to, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you can access your possessions easily and securely, instead of your belongings cluttering up your living space.
The Simple Life: Freedom to Move
Sometimes, a change of scenery can be all you need. When you’re considering moving to a smaller home, the reduced costs of downsizing could mean you can afford a new place in a different part of town, that’s new to you. If you’re downsizing in London, this is a great opportunity to begin exploring a new area. As well as making your new home your own, you have the freedom to get stuck into everything your new neighbourhood, neighbours and part of town has to offer. It’s also worth noting how much of a difference an increased cash flow can make to your new found freedom to explore; now you know how much you could financially and mentally benefit downsizing, you’re free to think about the activities you can put your extra money towards.
If you’ve been thinking about downsizing, but can’t face the process of packing up and moving, a dedicated removals team can offer you support during every part of your move. From providing the perfect packing materials to helping you sort your boxes and belongings in your new place, an expert removals team can take away the stress of downsizing, leaving you to focus on your fresh start without any hassle.
Ready to take the plunge and begin the downsizing process? Whether it’s secure storage, packing materials or reliable movers you need a helping hand with, our friendly team will do everything they can to make sure your moving journey goes without a hitch. Give us a call to see how we can help make your life that little bit more simple.