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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:

what is a mother-in-law apartment

Taking care of your aging parents is an emotional and challenging task. We want our parents to maintain their independence as long as possible . . . with as little risk as possible, from scares like falls. When parents don't need the constant care of an assisted-living home, but you want to make sure they’re looked after what do you do? Consider a mother-in-law apartment.

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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.
homeownership rates 2014
Source: Census.gov
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?

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Downsizing to an Apartment? Here's What You Need to Know
Grigio Metro Apartments in Tempe, AZ
Whether you’re leaving home to find your first apartment or just want to save some money, downsizing from a house to an apartment can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. You may find that you have many items that you no longer need or want in your new space, and it will help to do a little research before moving in. Does your new apartment allow pets? Will your unit come with a garage or storage space? By finding the right information before hand and devising a game plan to deal with your accumulated belongings, you can stay sane while downsizing. Here's how.

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