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Downsizing is both freeing and stressful. It's never easy to pare down a lifetime of memories, and most of us tend to associate our belongings with events and the people we love. Here are some downsizing tips to help make sure you don't make any mistakes, but pare down enough to happily move to a smaller home or apartment.

downsizing is good for you

If your kids have moved out and you no longer want or need a big house, chances are you’re going to downsize at some point in your life – maybe more than once. The good news is this: Going smaller is good for you! Here are five reasons bigger isn’t always better:

1. You’ll save money

This one’s obvious: In general, smaller spaces are less expensive. Downsizing to a smaller house or apartment is good for your wallet:

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades

Is your closet a wasteland of clothes you haven't worn in years and piles upon piles of shoes, handbags, scarves, and more? If so, it might be time for an upgrade-- if only to make it easier to find your…

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As the school year comes to a close, families are making tough decisions about their living situation. Financial circumstances change. Happy marriages break up. Some people are finally realizing that living large in a picture perfect McMansion does not always equate to the good life. Keeping up with the Joneses isn't all sunshine and unicorns.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 20 years - just under 65 percent - as renting becomes a more attractive and affordable alternative. The last time it was that low was in 1995.
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It's clear that an increasing number of people are coming to terms with the fact that downsizing from a house to an apartment is sometimes the smarter - or even the only - option. But it ain't easy. There will be lots of new things to get used to. How will you deal with such a drastic change?

This studio apartment features a brightly colored curtain that separates the bedroom area from the rest of the living space.

This studio apartment features a brightly colored curtain that separates the bedroom area from the rest of the living space.
This studio apartment features a brightly colored curtain that separates the bedroom area from the rest of the living space.
Small-space living comes with its share of quirks. But when you live in a studio apartment that’s not even big enough to have interior walls, you’ve got an extreme design challenge. How do you arrange it in a way that’s functional, comfortable, and doesn’t make it feel like you live in a cave? Fortunately, we know that bigger isn’t always better. Here are 9 ways to transform your studio apartment into a small wonder: 1. Create mini-rooms. Since a studio apartment is often one big room, you have to break up the space into different living areas. If you’ve got a chair and a lamp in one corner as a designated reading area, define that space with a small rug and a picture on the wall. Likewise, arrange your couch and TV as you would in a living room.

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Moving? Purge Your Stuff... Keep Only What You Love!

It’s normal to feel attached to your possessions. Try as you might to think that your stuff is just stuff, it’s not — there’s a psychological reason why everything you collect in life means so much. As a result, it can be difficult and even overwhelming to pack up for a move. We’re sharing some helpful psychology to help you understand your attachment to the things you own and perhaps help improve the mood of your move.

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