What is a downsizing mindset?
From working with many homeowners just like you, that are taking the plunge and ‘downsizing’ or as I prefer – uplife-ing! (I’ve just made that up, but you are taking the path to a much better life, so let’s talk about that instead)
A mindset is a belief that orients the way we handle situations — the way we sort out what is going on and what we should do. “A mind-set can also be seen as incident of a person’s world view or philosophy of life.”
I just want to stop and explore that final sentence for a minute. (Thanks to google!) Your mindset is a product of your environment over the years, however, this doesn’t mean it is fixed. I’m sure you’ll agree that the ultimate goal was always getting the dream home. Keeping up with where society said you should be at any point in life and more importantly, getting the dream home that was like harvesting all the hard work you’d done throughout your life. So downsizing almost runs in the opposite direction to all that.
A gain or a loss?
For many the associations of a downsize conjure up negative thoughts, loss, decrease, deplete, diminish, dwindle, constrict. You have worked hard to have the home you have. This beautiful home, the epitome of success. The home where your children’s friends all gathered, the one where you finally got the garden summer house you always wanted. Living in the country, in your countryside retreat made you smile inside each time you turned off the road and up the drive.
In some ways the thought of letting go, can feel a little like you are losing a home, a comfort, an important part of your life, however, I have to disagree here as letting go gives you so much more:
Prepare to feel more relaxed
Have more energy as the burden of a big home is lifted
More time, yes you’re buying more time to do anything you want. If you had more time right now what would you do?
Ever read the book ‘Start with Why’? The author Simon ensures that before you embark on anything you should know why you are doing it. It keeps you focused, it keeps you going, even on a challenging day.
Why do you want to move?
What will you gain from moving?
What will your life look like when you’ve moved?
If you can answer these questions and remember them. As each time you view a home, you should have these in the back of your mind.
When we show our lovely clients a home, we often hear things like:
‘We won’t get the dresser in’ – even though there’s no need to keep the dresser
‘I need more storage’ – even though they don’t need all the stuff they’ve accumulated
It’s important in these situations to remember why you are moving. Turn the negative into a positive
‘It gives us the opportunity to buy something new for a new start’
‘It gives us a chance to clear out and live easier’
See a downsize as a new chapter, a re-boot and look forward to the fresh start this brings.
P.S If you’d like to know why I love my clients so much try reading this one
P.P.S If you just want to nosey at some amazing before and after photos, try this one