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1. Is it important to you? Rethink your rooms and belongings based on how you really live, and you will find your dollar stretching further and your home becoming more aligned with your lifestyle. For instance, there is no need to invest in a formal dining room and all it entails — chandelier, oversize table, fancy chairs, sideboard and so on — if you never throw dinner parties and your family always prefers to eat in the kitchen. A cushy library with just one perfect chair, a fireplace and all of your most cherished books at your fingertips may be much more suited to your life.
2. Do you really need it? Less furniture and fewer knickknacks means less to clean, less upkeep and generally a simpler and easier day-to-day existence. Minimalism and modern furniture often go hand in hand, but even if your style is traditional, that doesn't mean you can't also pare down a bit.
5. Is it a smart investment? The glorious thing about purchasing an iconic designer piece is that, unlike most new furniture, it will hold (or even increase) its value over time. That said, there is no point in purchasing an expensive piece of designer furniture unless you truly adore it and can afford it.
Also bear in mind that upholstered and delicate pieces might not wear as well over the years, and you might be faced with costly repairs or reupholstering bills. "Hard" furnishings made from metal, molded plastic and wood are a safer bet.
6. Can you live with a smaller footprint? You may not be ready to swap your comfy home for something quite this small (if you are, go for it!), but even a slight downsizing can significantly cut down on your energy bills and upkeep. The beauty of living in a really small space is that once you bring your overall costs down, it can be easier to allocate some funds toward furnishings and finishes that you love.
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Concerned about going smaller? You may not need as much space as you think, just a smarter space. A small home that is open, with good flow and proper furniture placement can actually feel larger than its square footage suggests, so it's possible you just haven't toured the right space for you.
You can also use built-ins and special architectural features to make the most of your space. Before you decide to move to a bigger home, think about what you could do to renovate your current space to make it work. There are many ingenious solutions out there — like this staircase that doubles as a set of drawers — if you only look.
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Working with a good architect to upgrade your existing home could prove to be more rewarding and cost effective than moving.
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