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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 6831 N FROSTWOOD, Unit 82, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # 1199252)
    21
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    990 sqft  
    MLS 1199252
  2. Photo of 2618 W KENWOOD, West Peoria, IL 61604 (MLS # 1199251)
    22
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,354 sqft   lot 4,600 sqft
    MLS 1199251
  3. Photo of 10423 N PHEASANT, Unit 20, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # 1199250)
    28
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,125 sqft  
    MLS 1199250
  4. 2 beds,  0 baths
    1,517 sqft   lot 1.50 ac
    MLS 1199249
  5. Photo of 2003 W LIAMS, Dunlap, IL 61525 (MLS # 1199247)
    36
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,738 sqft   lot 18,731 sqft
    MLS 1199247
  6. Photo of 6210 N SHERIDAN, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # 1199246)
    36
    Open House
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,360 sqft   lot 29,040 sqft
    MLS 1199246
  7. Photo of 503 SUNSET, Eureka, IL 61530 (MLS # 1199243)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,330 sqft   lot 1.60 ac
    MLS 1199243
  8. 0 beds,  1 full bath
    840 sqft   lot 5,080 sqft
    MLS 1199242
  9. Photo of 4 RAINBOW, PEKIN, IL 61554 (MLS # 1199239)
    27
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,050 sqft   lot 9,148 sqft
    MLS 1199239
  10. 0 beds,  1 full bath
    840 sqft   lot 6,250 sqft
    MLS 1199241
  11. 0 beds,  1 full bath
    664 sqft   lot 4,960 sqft
    MLS 1199238
  12. Photo of 1500 W CIRCLE, Peoria, IL 61604 (MLS # 1199237)
    17
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,524 sqft   lot 5,400 sqft
    MLS 1199237
  13. 2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,280 sqft   lot 16,170 sqft
    MLS 1199236
  14. Photo of 7509 N WALNUTBEND, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # 1199235)
    36
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,023 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    MLS 1199235
  15. Photo of 139 ELMRIDGE, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # 1199234)
    36
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,732 sqft   lot 23,087 sqft
    MLS 1199234
  16. 0 beds,  1 full bath
    867 sqft   lot 5,850 sqft
    MLS 1199233
  17. Photo of 901 W OAKVIEW, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # 1199232)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,560 sqft   lot 20,000 sqft
    MLS 1199232
  18. Photo of 1720 E TERRACE VIEW, Peoria Heights, IL 61616 (MLS # 1199230)
    28
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,050 sqft   lot 12,150 sqft
    MLS 1199230
  19. Photo of 427 E FULTON, Farmington, IL 61531 (MLS # 1199248)
    36
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,886 sqft   lot 13,612 sqft
    MLS 1199248
  20. Photo of 936 E ELM, Canton, IL 61520 (MLS # 1199245)
    36
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,044 sqft   lot 9,900 sqft
    MLS 1199245
  21. Photo of 114 HAWTHORNE, Dahinda, IL 61428 (MLS # 1199231)
    2
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 11,800 sqft
    MLS 1199231
  22. Photo of 10900 N NORTHTRAIL, Dunlap, IL 61525 (MLS # 1199229)
    36
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,034 sqft   lot 7,100 sqft
    MLS 1199229
  23. Photo of 100 Cayman, WASHINGTON, IL 61571 (MLS # 1199228)
    31
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,789 sqft   lot 2.26 ac
    MLS 1199228
  24. Photo of 4518 TILLEY, PEORIA, IL 61615 (MLS # 1199227)
    27
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,849 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    MLS 1199227
  25. Photo of 304 W MICHIGAN, Metamora, IL 61548 (MLS # 1199226)
    18
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,500 sqft  
    MLS 1199226
  26. Photo of 102 GLENRIDGE, EAST PEORIA, IL 61611 (MLS # 1199224)
    19
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,159 sqft   lot 10,019 sqft
    MLS 1199224
  27. Photo of 1608 S SECOND, MORTON, IL 61550 (MLS # 1199223)
    10
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,714 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    MLS 1199223
  28. Photo of 313 E MAYWOOD, PEORIA, IL 61603 (MLS # 1199222)
    29
    4 beds,  1 full bath
    1,443 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    MLS 1199222
  29. Photo of 2713 W HUMBOLDT, Peoria, IL 61605 (MLS # 1199221)
    24
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    900 sqft   lot 18,750 sqft
    MLS 1199221
  30. Photo of 808 W FRONT, Roanoke, IL 61561 (MLS # 1199218)
    31
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,160 sqft   lot 10,608 sqft
    MLS 1199218
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