March 8, 2024

The Do’s & Don’ts When Downsizing Your Home: The House Blend Edition

Embarking on the journey of downsizing your home can be both liberating and challenging. Whether you’re an empty-nester, a retiree, or simply seeking a more minimalist lifestyle, the process requires careful consideration and thoughtful planning. We’ll explore the do’s and don’ts to ensure a successful downsizing experience.

The DO’s

Start Early and Plan Strategically

Begin the downsizing process well in advance. We will work with you to create a comprehensive plan that includes a timeline for your purchase and sale as well as decluttering, sorting, and packing priorities. This will help you stay organized and reduce stress as we move through the downsizing process.

Be Mindful of The Space You’ll Need

This will be a big life change for you, and the functionality of your smaller home is important. Discuss with us what features your new home must have and the space you’ll require. When house-hunting, understand the dimensions of your potential home and take measurements of your key furniture pieces. This will help you determine what can realistically fit in your new space!


Declutter Ruthlessly & Minimize

Be honest about what items truly add value to your life. Tackle one room at a time, sorting belongings into categories: keep, donate, sell, and discard. Consider the 80/20 rule – keep the 20% of items that contribute to 80% of your happiness and daily needs. Consider adopting a minimalist mindset. We’ll focus on quality over quantity and aim for a curated, clutter-free aesthetic which you can even embrace in your new home.

The DONT’s


Avoid the temptation to procrastinate. Downsizing is a time-consuming process, and delaying decisions can lead to a rushed and stressful moving experience.

Hold on to Sentimental Clutter

While sentimentality is important, don’t let it become a barrier to downsizing. Be selective with sentimental items, keeping only those with true significance and finding creative ways to preserve memories without cluttering your space.

Underestimate Storage Needs

While downsizing often means embracing a simpler lifestyle, it’s crucial not to underestimate your storage needs. Ensure your new home has sufficient storage solutions to accommodate essential items.

Overlook Lifestyle Changes

Consider how your lifestyle may change in your new home. If you’re moving from a suburban house to a city apartment or condo, your daily needs and routines may shift. Plan accordingly and adjust your belongings to match your new lifestyle.

Ignore the Emotional Aspect

Downsizing can be an emotional process. Acknowledge and address any feelings of nostalgia, anxiety, or attachment to your current home. Share the experience with friends and family for support and focus on the positive aspects of the transition.

Downsizing your home is a significant life change that can lead to a more manageable, efficient, and enjoyable living space. By following these do’s and don’ts and working closely with our team, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the process successfully. Remember, the key is to approach downsizing with intention, organization, and a willingness to embrace a new chapter in your life.


By Ashlee McLean

Real Estate Broker

Coldwell Banker Community Professionals, Brokerage