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Kids Headed off to College? It Might be Time to Downsize

 

If your children have left for college or maybe to start families of their own, your home might be suddenly quieter and better organized than it’s been in years. Now that you can finally hear yourself think, you may have realized that you have more space in that big house than you know what to do with. If you’ve found yourself with an empty nest, downsizing might be the perfect solution for your new lifestyle needs.

 

Here are five things to consider when thinking about downsizing:

 

 

1. Larger homes cost more

 

If your house is paid off, you might not think about how much you could be saving by downsizing, but it could be a hefty sum. There are still taxes, insurance, and energy bills that all cost much more with a larger home. By moving to a smaller space, you can cut these costs significantly.

 

2. Less clutter

 

We all hold onto things we don’t need. Downsizing is a perfect time to give away all those extra dishes or throw pillows you’ve been hanging onto, and free up some closet space in the process. If it doesn’t have a function, you can toss it!

 

 

3. Achieve your ideal lifestyle

 

Do you want to live near the center of town, close to all the shops and excitement? Or do you want to live in an idyllic farm country in peace and quiet? Whatever your goals, they’re now in reach. Now that the kids have moved on, you can finally get a home where you’ve always dreamed of living.

 

 

4. Attachment

 

You might be emotionally invested in that home that you raised your children in, even if it’s far too big for your needs now. But don’t let that stop you from moving on. Just think: now a new young family will be able to move in and begin a new chapter of their lives there. And you’ll be free to begin a new chapter for yourself.

 

 

5. Don’t wait too long

 

If you’re planning to downsize anytime in the near future, sooner is always better than later. Taking time to settle into routines again after the kids leave means you’re more likely to just keep putting it off.

 

Ready to save and simplify? MoveUp America’s Right Size program has the solutions you need. Give us a call today!

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Fun Christmas Traditions to Start this Year!

Camp Out Under the Christmas Tree

The night after you’ve finished decorating the Christmas tree, let the kids camp out on the living-room floor with the tree lit up. This will really get them in the Christmas spirit!

Make Reindeer Food

Cookies and milk are the classic Santa snacks, but he’s not the only one working hard Christmas night! Help your kids make sure the reindeer get fed too by mixing oats with glitter and sprinkling it out on the yard, the sparkle makes it easy for the reindeer to find.

New Year’s Prediction Jar

On Christmas, have everyone write down their predictions for next year in their own or someone else’s lives and place them in a jar. Next Christmas you can open it up and see if any predictions came true.

Candy Cane Countdown

Let the kids count down to Christmas with candy canes or another Christmas treat. Fill a jar with candy and/or other holiday goodies and let them have a piece each day through December 25th.

A Christmas Eve Present

Have one present that the kids can open on Christmas Eve. A great idea is to wrap up a new pair of Christmas-themed pajamas, popcorn, and a Christmas movie they can watch before bed!
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