Contrary to popular belief, bigger isn’t always better. According to a 2018 Ipsos survey, 91% of Canadians downsizers were happy they made the move. Moving to a smaller home has many benefits. That’s not to say that the family home wasn’t wonderful. It may have been your dream fixer-upper, or you may have raised your kids in it. It served its purpose and did it wonderfully.
As you find yourself needing less space, downsizing doesn’t need to be a daunting task. We look at why downsizing may be your most beneficial option, and how our services can help.
But just because you’re not taking something with you doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be junked. You could try selling off some valuable antiques to a local dealer. Even if you put those on consignment it is better than having to drag them along. Some items you might want to donate to charity. We can make that delivery too.
To the dump, to a great charity such as Women in Need Society, to a storage area. You decide what goes where. Hopefully, we can drop off a lot of that at some of the Calgary recycling centers around town. And yes, that would qualify towards reducing your carbon footprint!
4 Reasons to Downsize Your Home
1. Unnecessary Space
Perhaps the kids’ bedrooms have turned into four guest bedrooms. Maybe accessing the second floor isn’t as easy or necessary as before. Or possibly your yard is now just too much upkeep. Though those spaces used to be necessary, you may find that your current chapter of life has little to no use for those extra rooms or yard space.
2. Less Maintenance
Your spare time is valuable. If you find that you’re sacrificing that spare time maintaining spaces you’re hardly utilizing, it may be time to downsize. A larger home means a larger maintenance to-do list. If you’re considering downsizing your home, there’s a good chance that you’re in your retirement years.
The expected number of years of retirement in Canada is 21 for men and 25 for women. It’s doubtful that you want to spend a good portion of those years fixing roofs or mowing lawns designed to accommodate a swing set and kids. By downsizing, the number of tasks will decrease and take less time to accomplish.
As with most things in life, an increase in size comes with an increase in price. If your current home is no longer what you need in a home, why would you pay for it? Downsizing would save you money on your monthly bills, allowing you to spend that extra money on something that you do need.
Additionally, you may just make some extra money selling the furniture you no longer need. Alternatively, you could opt for furniture removal through our services in Calgary where we donate your old furniture. Link to ‘Community Benefits’ blurb on ‘Our Company’ page
4. Too Far Away
Your kids, and maybe even grandchildren, may not be in your home anymore, but that doesn’t mean you have to be far away from them. Another, more emotional, reason to downsize is to be closer to loved ones. A home is made up of the people inside it, so why not make it easier for your family and friends to visit?
Downsizing can feel like the end of a cherished chapter in your life, but that certainly doesn’t mean an exciting new one isn’t about to begin. For those worried about their excess belongings that they no longer need, contacting a furniture removal company in Calgary is always a solid start.
Before Downsizing, you need to thin your Home
To begin to downsize process, you need to “thin out” your stuff. This process should begin several months before you move. There should be no rush to get rid of your stuff. Keep in mind that you don’t want to bring anything with you that would be considered junk or clutter into your new home where storage space will be at a premium.
You can begin with tackling a closet clean-up one weekend. The next weekend focus on the basement and so on. As you make the rounds in your home, you’ll quickly find you’ve got plenty to take with you that you can’t live without but there could be just as much (if not more) of stuff you can get rid of. Start making a pile.
Once you’ve got the closets and other storage areas cleared out of the small stuff, think about the big items. Will you need that extra mattress that nobody will sleep on because it’s so old? Will you need all that baby furniture that is busted up? Will you need all the sleds, toboggans or other winter equipment? There are probably a lot of these types of belongings that can be toss into that pile.
Now move onto downsizing the big stuff like appliances or old televisions or computers. You don’t want to bring that into the new home so into the pile. By now, that pile of yours could be looking rather huge. Have no fear. All you need to do is schedule an appointment with a team of professional junk removal specialists from The Junk Movement.
We show up with a huge empty truck. In a blink of the eye, that once empty truck will be filled with all your clutter and hauled away.
Our Top 5 Downsizing Tips:
(Check out our blog describing 5 Downsizing tips)
- Start Small and Keep it Simple
- Start Sooner Rather Than Later
- Eliminate Items that Won’t Fit in Your New Home
- Invite Family Members and Use Downsizing to Bond with Them
- Use A Professional Organizer
Are you looking to downsize your home but you’re not sure where to start? The Junk Movement is committed to making junk removal in Calgary easy. Our mission is to optimize junk removal by putting the money we collected from recycling back into the community. Whether it’s for furniture or garbage removal in Calgary, our company is eco-conscious, sustainable, transparent and believes in good value.
Our team is friendly and will be happy to assist you with all your junk and waste removal in Calgary. From residents to commercial clients, for a company that cares about your waste, trust The Junk Movement.
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