Jan with love flowers from Glen

4 TIPS to create a Resort Style Home

Casa DeckIn January, my husband and I downsized from a 3700 sqft. home on a half-acre to a low maintenance 2500 sqft home in the city with virtually no storage.  A month later after a horrific move (we thought we had downsized – apparently not enough…) we are now nestling into our new home.

Rather than bemoan the fact that we have no space, we have embraced the challenge and have called it ‘Resort Style Living‘.  When we are on holidays, we typically stay in an apartment style room with a beautifully decorated living room, bedroom(s), bathroom, and a mini kitchen with an eating area plus a laundry closet. There is internet, a TV and everything we else we need with nothing extra: 4 sets of cutlery, dishes, coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave, pots and pans, utensils as well items we need to cook with. There are also 2 sets sheets, towels; pillows, blankets… you get the idea. If we need anything, we call the management and it is taken care of.  We are there to have fun by exploring and enjoying our vacation destination.

We took that concept and are creating a ‘Resort Style Life‘.  We have thrown or given away items that no longer has a place in our home and have made room for things of enjoyment in our retirement years, such as a fun car, pool table, TV room and other areas (inside and out) to entertain family and friends. When we get back from our next holiday we won’t be sad to come home because we are living a Resort Style Life.

4 TIPS for Resort Style Living:

  1. Identify your true passions (hobbies, collections, entertainment, sports etc). Keep the items you will use and sell or give away the rest.  (I collect all things ‘Mermaid’ and of the sea.)
  2. Create a uniquely you spot in your home for each member of the family. (We have our own personalized office areas that is congruent with the theme of our home’s colours and style).
  3. Keep only items that give you the most joy and good memories. Take pictures of everything else as a digital memory.  (I took pictures of photos fading away in old albums and placed them on an expandable memory card in my digital frame continuously playing in my office.)
  4. Create a vacation themed home with furniture and accessories, colours, scents, and sounds that transitions your home (no matter its size or location) with your favourite vacation spot. (My husband and I are water babies that love the ocean; we are in the process of creating a tropical resort theme in our new home – now we can’t wait to get back from our Hawaiian vacation to our own little Mediterranean Resort.)

What type of Resort Style Living home do you want to make?  Share your thoughts below and let’s brainstorm ways to create it (uniquely and on a budget).

Written by Jan Addams (Designer, Author, Trainer) DAT Girl

 

 

For Sale

8 Tips to alleviate stress when selling your home

If you ever have had your home up for sale, you understand the stress it can cause.  Especially if you have been in your home a long time and are now downsizing.  (I speak from personal experience!)

There are so many challenges to face both physically and emotionally.  There is the uncertainty on pricing; the decluttering and depersonalizing your home to attract the right purchaser who will hopefully offer a fair price; the continued upkeep and hours of cleaning your home before ‘showings‘ that last 15 – 60min.  (I recommend that you are not home during showings as people will be looking at your house with critical eyes and not have the same happy memories that your home has provided for your family over the years.)

Here are a 8 ways to alleviate the stress:

  1. Know why you are really selling. IE: downsizing, upgrading, relocating etc.
  2. Do research online to understand the pricing of other homes both in your area and the area you want to live in.
  3. Select the style of home you want to live in and story board images of the exterior and interior on places like Pinterest and Houzz.
  4. Walk thru your home and look at it from a purchaser’s eyes.  If this is difficult, have a home stager come in and offer an unbiased 3rd party opinion.
  5. Declutter and depersonalize your home to make it appear larger and more appealing to a new owner. (It is hard to view a home as your own when you see family photos, very personalized art pieces and/or religious artifacts.)
  6. If you aren’t in a pressure situation, have a bottom dollar amount in mind so that emotions can stay out of the purchase process.
  7. Keep positive and understand that this ‘for sale‘ process will last for only a short time (relatively speaking – even if it feels like years!)
  8. When an offer comes in, deep breathe, and remember why you are selling and envision your new home as a new exciting chapter in your life.

 

Written by Jan Addams
(DAT Girl)  Designer, Author, Trainer

Jan with love flowers from Glen

When is it Time to Downsize?

Is there a way to gently downsize before it’s time?  

Glens_B_day_2011As we go through the cycle of life from renting our first apartment, to owning our first place to expanding to a home because children have come along.  Some of us continue to move around due to jobs and other factors.  Others create a ‘family home‘ that becomes the ‘go to place‘ for all birthdays, holidays and other events.

Whatever your situation there will come a time when you and your significant other will decide its time to downsize from ‘the big house‘ to more ‘compact space‘ that better matches your current lifestyle.

A few years ago, my husband and I  had to go through this very event. It wasn’t easy going through each space ‘de-personalizing‘ and ‘Staging it‘ to sell.  It made us nostalgic and grateful for all the memories created in our home. Once we got into the process it actually felt liberating to go through each room and determine what we wanted to take with us to our new place.

Here are a few quick tips we used that may help you:

Begin your downsizing a ‘Room at a Time‘ by going through your treasured items – furniture, accessories, clothes, photos etc. As you go through them, Place the item into one of 3 piles:

  1. Must Keep these items (furniture, accessories, photos)
  2. Maybe the Kids will want this (then involve them in the clean up)
  3. Time to Go to another home to enjoy (places like Value Village, Big Brothers, The Kidney Foundation and others are always looking for donations)

Once you have gone through this ‘room at a time‘ downsizing process, when the time comes to take the moving plunge it will be much easier.
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PS: We didn’t end up moving – wasn’t the right time. But, when we do – we will be ready.

By Jan AddamsDAT Girl (Designer, Author, Trainer)