Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Making the Most Out of a Smaller Home


There are many reasons people downsize to a smaller home - kids move out, rents get hiked, and people enter into retirement. Whatever your reason, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the loss of space. But don't worry! There are lots of advantages to living in a smaller home that you'll get to appreciate in time. There are also plenty of strategies for getting the very best out of your new home.

So, if you're planning a move to a smaller house or need a little help settling in, follow our tips below to make the most of your new space:

1. Purge, purge, purge

Think of downsizing as an opportunity for rebirth:  you can get rid of a lot of baggage that's been cluttering your house and collecting dust. You can hold an estate sale to make some money off your unwanted pieces or simply donate them to a local charity (which may offer free pick-ups!) If you don't want to do it yourself, most communities have plenty of moving management companies that would be happy to help.

What's more, removing clutter from your home is thought to have a profound impact on feelings of serenity and peace. You can create a minimalist look in your home by removing any unwanted paper or objects, keeping dirty clothes out of sight, and getting rid of any unnecessary furniture. With less stuff, you'll spend less time cleaning and promote more calmness in your home.

2. Practice Feng Shui

Another advantage of a smaller home is that it gives you a much easier opportunity to switch up the look and feel of your living spaces. By following the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, you can experiment with the spatial arrangement of furniture in your home to bring about more tranquility and relaxation to your home. The guiding principles of Feng Shui aim at striking a balance of energy in one's home through the careful placement of its furniture.

According to Feng Shui, a bed should be put in a commanding place and against a solid wall. It should have a solid headboard and be lifted off the ground so that energy can pass under it.

3. Go Vertical

If you've run out of obvious space in your new home, get creative! There's often plenty of space  that can be utilized for storage shelves above existing cabinets and doors. There may also be extra space on top of the clothing rack in your closet, and wall hooks are a great way to organize tools, store bikes and more. If you have extra-high ceilings and are particularly ambitious, you can even install a loft space!

Don’t see downsizing as a problem or hassle - use it as an opportunity to keep a neat and tidy house full of the essentials. By utilizing these simple tips, you’ll be able to find extra space and make your new home the peaceful refuge you deserve.


...."You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley  615.403.8265 (more helpful blogs and featured listings)

Brenview Realty  615.373.2814


Posted on 08/21/2019 9:37 PM by Jarod Tanksley
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Downsizing... Part 1

Downsizing . . .  Yes or No??? 

Things in your life are calming down now that the kids are grown, established in their careers and out of the house.  You’ve left the corporate world behind and now it has become apparent that some things need to change for you to live a peaceful, healthy lifestyle long past retirement age.

These basic questions now swirl in your mind as you try to decide what your next step will be as you move into the next stage of your life.  Do you need a smaller house?  Do you want a smaller yard to maintain?  Should you be closer to your kids and grandkids?

And then there are these questions which go beyond the basics to lifestyle questions.  Do you dream of pursuing new hobbies or even a new career?  How about resort or condo living?  Do you want to share a home with a family member or friend?  Depending on your age and activity level, perhaps moving into a “lifestyle” community or towards an assisted living community might be an option?

The list is endless and each situation is different.  Only you can decide what the best scenario is for the rest of your life.  Take time to consider your options and decide what is best for you and your family.

As you begin to ponder your options, one word keeps popping up in discussions on television, the Internet, and in newspapers and magazines.  This often used and ugly word is PURGE!

If the thought of going through your belongings and sorting them into piles doesn’t appeal to you, there are companies that will do it for you.  Estate sales are more popular than ever!  Donations to local charities will make good use of the things that you cannot use or no longer want.  Keep the things that mean the most to YOU, get rid of the rest and enjoy the feeling of a calmer, clutter-free existence.

Be sure to tour senior living options in your area if that makes your short list.  New builds in this category are appearing all the time.  Drive around and see what’s going on during the day and night. 

Most communities will periodically host an open house of model homes and offer tours of amenities for your convenience.  Don’t be afraid to talk to the current residents about their favorite things in the communities as well as their least favorite aspects since moving.

Emotions of uncertainty are involved in this decision-making process and may include fear of the unknown future residence and lifestyle, and even dread of the physical challenges involved in long distance moves.  You may also be faced with making new friends, navigating a different medical community, new church group or finding new shopping areas for the necessities.  Keep in mind that all of these things took time to establish in your previous area so be patient as you enter a new phase!

Be sure to choose vendors carefully as you create your plan.  Movers, organizers, and estate sale companies should be prepared to assist in making your new destination a reality.  If you decide to sell your home, your real estate Broker is an excellent choice to make referrals of those people you may need to help you get the process started.

 As always, “You've got a Friend in Real Estate” that will consult with you and share ideas as you transition to your next “adventure”.


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265 (more blogs and featured listings)

Brentview Realty  615.373.2814


Posted on 08/08/2019 8:19 AM by Jarod Tanksley