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Is it time to downsize your home?

Whether you're considering downsizing when your children go to college, when your retirement plans are finally close, or when your first grandchild is born and you'll be travelling to visit them frequently, you may have a house that’s now too big for you.  These are times that many people downsize to a smaller, ranch style (single story) home or condo.   Here are some tips to help you in the decision. You can always get help through the process from Jessica Ball, a realtor with experience in helping to find a home more suitable to your needs and to assist you in selling your current home.

TIP 1: Plan ahead
Don't wait to make decisions. Start planning your downsizing early and set goals. For couples and families, make sure everyone is on the same page to eliminate conflicts and hurt feelings down the road.

TIP 2: Determine your lifestyle needs
It helps to ask yourself some questions. Think about what lifestyle you want to embrace as you move forward, suggests professional organizer Mary Dykstra, CPO, president of the National Association of Professional Organizers.

Do you have room for oversized furniture in your new space?

If you are moving, how much smaller is your new home?

Do you feel you should keep something just because you spent a lot of money for it?

TIP 3: Find purpose
"The biggest issue is people don't edit," says designer Jane Hamilton of JAC Interiors. "They want to bring too much stuff with them and don't realize every little corner should have a purpose or function. With some planning, a shelf can become your whole home office or a corner becomes an art studio."

"Be conscious of what you let into your mind, life and environment, and how you choose to spend your time and resources moving forward,” says Dykstra. "This is the secret to feeling whole and living well."

Regarding sentimental items, take photographs of your old home and belongings to preserve memories. This can be especially helpful for children who don't want to let go of an old stuffed animal or dolls.

TIP 4: Keep clutter out
Edit your technology. Use a printer that connects to Wi-Fi to eliminate extra cables and choose a TV that mounts to the wall, so you don't need a media center that takes up valuable floor space.

Use smart storage solutions in your smaller space. For example, a table cloth can re-purpose an older table and give you a way to "hide" things from plain sight. Or use a piece of your china collection that seems too large to store as a pencil holder in your home office or for makeup storage in your bathroom.

TIP 5: Think quality and multipurpose
Hamilton says you need to go for quality over quantity. Choose a great piece of furniture that makes a statement, instead of trying to squeeze too many pieces into a single room.

If you’re investing in new furniture, choose multipurpose furniture pieces. Go for nightstands with open and closed storage and ottomans with tops that lift to offer space inside for blankets or extra pillows.

Look for durable fabrics, since a smaller home often requires flexible spaces that have to do double duty as an office, extra bedroom or playspace.

TIP 6: When in doubt, get an objective opinion
Accept help in sorting and packing your belongings. Consider hiring a professional organizer who can offer an objective opinion when you're trying to decide what you really need to eliminate or donate to charity.

(Tips from https://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/6-tips-for-downsizing)

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  1. Photo of 1007 ILLINOIS, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # 1197393)
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,035 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    MLS 1197393
  2. Photo of 1123 GLENN, Washington, IL 61571 (MLS # 1197392)
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    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,250 sqft   lot 8,195 sqft
    MLS 1197392
  3. Photo of 809 WINTER, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # 1197391)
    36
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,473 sqft   lot 4,000 sqft
    MLS 1197391
  4. Photo of 905 W SCOTTWOOD, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # 1197390)
    36
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,616 sqft   lot 14,375 sqft
    MLS 1197390
  5. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 6.94 ac
    MLS 1197388
  6. Photo of 12116 W JO DAN, Hanna City, IL 61536 (MLS # 1197387)
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    6 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    3,572 sqft   lot 36,155 sqft
    MLS 1197387
  7. Photo of 452 TOPAZ, Morton, IL 61550 (MLS # 1197386)
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    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    3,209 sqft   lot 21,500 sqft
    MLS 1197386
  8. Photo of 113 CAMELIN, Washington, IL 61571 (MLS # 1197385)
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    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,008 sqft   lot 2.12 ac
    MLS 1197385
  9. Photo of 1616 ASPEN, Washington, IL 61571 (MLS # 1197383)
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    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,794 sqft   lot 6,624 sqft
    MLS 1197383
  10. Photo of 2407 N PEORIA, Peoria, IL 61603 (MLS # 1197382)
    11
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,000 sqft   lot 2,614 sqft
    MLS 1197382
  11. Photo of 522 N PHIL GOULD, Hanna City, IL 61536 (MLS # 1197381)
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    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,646 sqft   lot 2.35 ac
    MLS 1197381
  12. Photo of 236 N CHESTNUT, Williamsfield, IL 61489 (MLS # 1197380)
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    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,376 sqft   lot 16,875 sqft
    MLS 1197380
  13. Photo of 302 HARBOR POINTE, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # 1197376)
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    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,688 sqft  
    MLS 1197376
  14. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 12,528 sqft
    MLS 1197377
  15. Photo of 3113 W LATROBE, Peoria, IL 61605 (MLS # 1197375)
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    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,020 sqft   lot 12,632 sqft
    MLS 1197375
  16. Photo of 15705 E CHEYENNE, Cuba, IL 61427 (MLS # 1197374)
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,367 sqft   lot 3.30 ac
    MLS 1197374
  17. Photo of 3333 SOUTHPORT, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # 1197371)
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    2 beds,  1 full bath
    854 sqft   lot 1.26 ac
    MLS 1197371
  18. Photo of 750 WARREN, GALESBURG, IL 61401 (MLS # 1197370)
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    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,639 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    MLS 1197370
  19. Photo of 931 HIGHLAND, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # 1197368)
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    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    2,016 sqft   lot 3,910 sqft
    MLS 1197368
  20. Photo of 53 SHADY OAK, DAHINDA, IL 61428 (MLS # 1197367)
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    3 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,506 sqft   lot 21,780 sqft
    MLS 1197367
  21. Photo of 1223 E FORREST HILL, PEORIA, IL 61603 (MLS # 1197366)
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    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,442 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    MLS 1197366
  22. Photo of 658 W FORT, FARMINGTON, IL 61531 (MLS # 1197365)
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    960 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    MLS 1197365
  23. Photo of 5519 N LONGWOOD, PEORIA, IL 61614 (MLS # 1197364)
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    3 beds,  1 full bath
    912 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    MLS 1197364
  24. Photo of 2910 W BACON, PEORIA, IL 61614 (MLS # 1197360)
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    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    2,016 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    MLS 1197360
  25. Photo of 16 CANTERBURY, Mackinaw, IL 61755 (MLS # 1197359)
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    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,815 sqft   lot 15,682 sqft
    MLS 1197359
  26. Photo of 1733 N AUTUMN, Peoria, IL 61604 (MLS # 1197358)
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    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,260 sqft   lot 21,780 sqft
    MLS 1197358
  27. Photo of 311 E ROBERTS, Colchester, IL 62326 (MLS # 1197357)
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    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,344 sqft   lot 7,920 sqft
    MLS 1197357
  28. 5 beds,  4 full baths
    2,704 sqft   lot 13,068 sqft
    MLS 1197389
  29. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 79.77 ac
    MLS 1197384
  30. Photo of 4902 N WEAVERRIDGE, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # 1197379)
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    5 beds,  6 full baths
    3,942 sqft   lot 20,038 sqft
    MLS 1197379
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