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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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  2. Photo of 11117 N NORTHFIELD, Dunlap, IL 61525 (MLS # 1200396)
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    4 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,550 sqft   lot 16,553 sqft
    MLS 1200396
  3. Photo of 2512 S AIRPORT, Peoria, IL 61607 (MLS # 1200394)
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    2 beds,  0 baths
    972 sqft   lot 9,000 sqft
    MLS 1200394
  4. Photo of 5004 N MELODY, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # 1200392)
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    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,052 sqft   lot 7,210 sqft
    MLS 1200392
  5. Photo of 7722 W MOHAWK, Peoria, IL 61604 (MLS # 1200391)
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    4 beds,  1 full bath
    1,900 sqft   lot 12,197 sqft
    MLS 1200391
  6. Photo of 24604 N Muskrat, ELLISVILLE, IL 61430 (MLS # 1200390)
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,044 sqft   lot 1.12 ac
    MLS 1200390
  7. Photo of 123 SW JEFFERSON, Unit E10C, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # 1200389)
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    2 beds,  2 full baths
    986 sqft  
    MLS 1200389
  8. Photo of 271 80TH, Roseville, IL 61473 (MLS # 1200398)
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    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,096 sqft   lot 1.07 ac
    MLS 1200398
  9. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 2.81 ac
    MLS 1200393
  10. Photo of 715 N SANTA FE, Chillicothe, IL 61523 (MLS # 1200387)
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    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,321 sqft  
    MLS 1200387
  11. Photo of 148 HOFFER, EAST PEORIA, IL 61611 (MLS # 1200386)
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    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,020 sqft   lot 21,780 sqft
    MLS 1200386
  12. Photo of 555 S Main, FARMINGTON, IL 61531 (MLS # 1200385)
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,900 sqft   lot 28,314 sqft
    MLS 1200385
  13. Photo of 302 HARBOR POINTE, EAST PEORIA, IL 61611 (MLS # 1200384)
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    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,688 sqft  
    MLS 1200384
  14. Photo of 10118 W LAMPLIGHTER, Hanna City, IL 61536 (MLS # 1200383)
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    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,665 sqft   lot 27,540 sqft
    MLS 1200383
  15. Photo of 2205 E Grand View, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # 1200380)
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    4 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,677 sqft   lot 34,848 sqft
    MLS 1200380
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    MLS 1200379
  17. Photo of 112 Mary Place, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # 1200378)
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,266 sqft   lot 10,575 sqft
    MLS 1200378
  18. Photo of 612 N CHURCH, ROANOKE, IL 61561 (MLS # 1200377)
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    2 beds,  1 full bath
    878 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    MLS 1200377
  19. Photo of 503 W MT VERNON, METAMORA, IL 61548 (MLS # 1200376)
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    4 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,588 sqft   lot 7,841 sqft
    MLS 1200376
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    lot 2.47 ac
    MLS 1200375
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    0 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    4,132 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    MLS 1200374
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    lot 11,325 sqft
    MLS 1200373
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    lot 9,734 sqft
    MLS 1200372
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    lot 2,814 sqft
    MLS 1200371
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    lot 10,695 sqft
    MLS 1200370
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    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,934 sqft   lot 18,000 sqft
    MLS 1200369
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    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,396 sqft   lot 8,976 sqft
    MLS 1200347
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    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,056 sqft   lot 6,750 sqft
    MLS 1200388
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    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    3,808 sqft   lot 1.51 ac
    MLS 1200381
  30. Photo of 1429 E RESTHAVEN, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # 1200367)
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    4 beds,  1 full bath
    1,368 sqft   lot 16,117 sqft
    MLS 1200367
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