One Story Homes in West Houston, Katy and Cypress

Many Baby Boomers are selling their large homes and moving into smaller homes.

Maybe it is time to consider moving into a one story home.

Bigger is better. Right? Maybe you enjoyed a larger home for a growing family, but after they move out bigger houses mean more cleaning, more maintenance and more spaces filled with more stuff. Are you still storing your kids’ Sports gear? Yeah, we thought so.

Wouldn’t you prefer something smaller that fits your lifestyle and your life?

You’re not alone. With the Baby Boomers becoming empty nesters, downsizing is trending.

Big properties and big homes were perfect for your growing family, and now that your kids are grown and have kids of their own, you are ready for a little change (and it doesn’t include a riding lawnmower).

But does downsizing mean sacrificing?

Living large doesn’t have to mean living in a 4,000-square-foot home. In fact, living in a smaller one story home can mean freeing up your finances, so you can spend money on what you really want. That may be a better location, beautiful tile work and new fixtures, efficiency and smart design. Small one story homes don’t just mean a smaller price tag (though, they do usually mean a smaller price tag). You will spend less money on upkeep, repairs, décor, utilities, property taxes and landscaping. That means you have more money to make your smaller home into your dream home.

 

Follow these links to see one story homes in certain communities.

Towne Lake one story homes

Bridgeland one story homes

Miramesa one story homes

Cane Island one story homes

Cinco Ranch one story homes

Visualize the New Space

Before you get ready to move, try to adapt to the new reality of your soon-to-be smaller living quarters. How much space will you have? How much square footage? Try to visualize how your possessions will fit into your new home. For example, if you will have only one small living room in your new home, try to stage it (in advance) with the exact parameters and measurements of the new space, and then see how many pieces of furniture, art and accessories will fit into the space.

You might even try “living small” before you move , try to get accustomed to how little stuff you will need in your new home. Hopefully it will feel like a fun new challenge and will cause you to re-think some of your daily assumptions about how much space and how much stuff you truly require.Once you do make the transition to your new home, make sure to make use of all of the available storage space you can get your hands on. Ottomans that open up and have space inside, wall-mounted shelving, under-bed storage boxes, they’re all your best friend if you’re moving to a smaller space. One rule of storage when it comes to small spaces is that you should store up, not out, so if you can make use of your walls for storage and shelving, do it—it’ll keep things off of the floor and out of your immediate living space. and of course, a trip to the Container Store or  IKEA will always offer some inspiration to help you get organized.

One point though—think about what you can do with the stuff you have before you go buy a bunch of containers that just adds to the overall clutter. We’ve mentioned before that you shouldn’t get seduced by boxes, containers, and organizational gadgets—they can often just add to the problem by encouraging you to put stuff you don’t need into pretty boxes that look nice on a shelf, when that shelf could be used for something you actually want, or better yet, nothing at all until it’s needed. Try to think of your downsizing as an opportunity to do something new and live a lighter life with a lighter load instead of spending more money shoehorning the things you have into a smaller space.

 Finally, as an absolute last resort, consider getting a storage space.  You’re essentially paying rent to someone just to house your stuff—stuff that you’re not using, and storage units are almost never ever a good deal when you do the math and figure out how much you’ll pay for the unit every year versus the actual value of the items you’re putting into storage. If your items are absolutely essential, sentimental, or extremely valuable and you don’t have room for them, then it’s an option, but if you’re storing things because they’re “just in case” items like we mentioned earlier, sell them, pocket the money, and keep the money “just in case.”

Take a look at these homes that are currently listed in the West Houston, Katy and Cypress area.

Contact us, we can help you find the right home for you.