Downsizing: Staying Safe and Wellness Decorating

Part 3 of a 3 Part Blog Series

Welcome to the final blog in our 3 part series! In this blog I will break down the final two steps of my four step downsizing process: staying safe and wellness decorating. Now that you have decluttered and started to come up with some creative storage solutions for your house you are ready to finish the process and finish your downsizing journey. Now is not the time to give up on your goal because with my help, and by following these last two simple steps, you will have completed the downsizing process!

So let’s dive into step 3 of my process: staying safe. When you are downsizing your home you obviously are going to be living in a smaller space. As such, it is important that you decorate your home in a way that promotes safety so that you are less likely to run into things in your smaller home. Some tips and tricks I would recommend for staying safe are to firstly tape down rugs or eliminate rugs altogether in order to avoid tripping. Rugs can be a serious tripping hazard for some individuals, and in small space we really do not want someone to trip and fall onto say a coffee table. Luckily we can completely avoid this by not decorating the space with rugs, or by taping the rug down. Another tip is to avoid furniture with sharp edges so that you are less likely to hurt yourself if you bump into it. Finally, always make sure that you have clear and clutter free paths to avoid trips and falls. Overall it is very easy and possible to decorate while keeping safety in mind, but if you are struggling with decorating your home with safety in mind please reach out and contact me for a consultation so that I can help.

Now that you know how to decorate your downsized home while keeping safety in mind we can move onto the last step of my downsizing process: decorating for wellness. The first thing I recommend to my clients when decorating their new spaces is to consider using VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) free paints (these do not have harsh chemicals in them). Additionally, I would recommend using natural cleaners, and essential oils instead of aerosol sprays. Another way to decorate your space while keeping wellness in mind is to try and incorporate nature into your home. Adding plants can be very soothing and relaxing, and it allows you to connect with nature and the earth.

Lastly, when decorating your new space I would suggest that you consider buying a new organic mattress. Not only is it likely that you need a smaller mattress to fit into your room, but also buying an organic mattress means you will not be sleeping on anything with harsh chemicals. Also be sure to incorporate natural light into your home and avoid using harsh lighting and it can cause headaches. Finally be sure to pick colours and design elements that resonate with you. I personally believe that everyone has a hue that resonates with them, and that hue can promote healing. By picking colours and design elements that you like and can connect with, rather than just things that look pretty, then you will feel more connected to your new home and will be more easily able to relax inside.

Well there you have it! Those are all of my tips and tricks for the last two steps of my downsizing process: staying safe and wellness decorating. We have now completed my four step process for downsizing! However if you are someone, or if you know someone, who needs help downsizing please feel free to reach out to me for a consultation. I will work one on one with you and your family to help your through this process, and I will even give you a more in-depth look and tips that go along with my process.

If you are thinking about downsizing or are already in the process of downsizing and need some assistance please reach out to me for a consultation! You can reach me via, email or by phone 905-441-9472.