Whether your family is growing or you're about to become empty nesters, living in a home that's the appropriate size for your needs - be it big, small, or in between - is a smart idea. Beyond the financial benefits (i.e. a mortgage you can comfortably afford), a right-sized home will allow you to live more fully. Imagine saying "goodbye" to cleaning rooms you never use and "hello" to spaces that actually facilitate family gatherings, working from home or whatever your heart desires. Here's how.
Determine WHAT YOU (REALLY) NEED & WANT
Take a quick inventory of the spaces in your home. Where do you spend the most time? The least? Do you use your formal dining room, for example? What about the wet bar in your basement? Next, consider spaces you wish you had. Do you a more spacious entryway to greet guests? Or a dedicated workspace for your side gig? Then, prioritize your list. For example, would you rather give up having a seating area in your master bedroom in favor of a larger closet?
Consider Flex Spaces & GET CREATIVE
It's easy (albeit more expensive) to limitlessly add space for additional uses. It's a better idea, however, to engineer smarter spaces. If you can't imagine giving up the dining room you only use twice a year and really need a home office, it's time to get creative! A dining table can double as workspace for your home office. Or perhaps instead of having a separate breakfast nook and formal dining, one space could facilitate both, leaving you with space for a dedicated home office.