Deciding to expand your family is one of the most exciting times of people's lives. Whether you are choosing to have children of your own or adopt, you will want to make some adjustments to your life to best accommodate your family's growth. Keep reading to learn more about how you will easily make room for your growing family.
Decide Where to Live
When deciding to grow your family, you will want to first figure out where you would like to live. If your current home is too small, you will want to explore new housing options that have more space for you and your family. Before deciding to move, you will want to ask yourself, “how expensive of a house can I afford?” Factors such as your current debt, monthly bills, and your debt to income ratio all come into play when figuring out how much house you’re able to buy. Seeking out tools like a mortgage calculator will also give you a better idea of what your monthly payments will look like.
Once you’ve decided on a price that is comfortable for your budget, you will then want to research where you would like to purchase a home. When choosing a location to move to, there are many factors to consider. Look into areas that are in a great school district, are safe for your kids, as well as close to other amenities for your family to enjoy.
Once you have decided on where you will live, start the decluttering process. It is important to do this before you start packing to move so that you are not bringing a bunch of belongings with you that you no longer have any use for. If you’re looking for a good starting point, “The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff” by author and decluttering expert Marla Stone of www.I-deal-lifestyle.com will offer you mindful advice on what to keep and what to donate, gift or sell during this process.
Decluttering your home can be overwhelming, so make sure that you start small, allowing yourself a little bit of time here and there to get used to the process. Once you are more comfortable with Marla Stone’s clutter Remedy strategies for making good decisions about what to keep, you can dive into larger projects like an attic or basement. Remember to think as objectively as possible so that you are not keeping things that you no longer use, that are not serving a purpose, and that are not sentimental or loved.
While decluttering, consider donating your belongings or having a yard sale to earn extra cash for your new home. Explore online options such as Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to sell some of your more gently used items. Whichever way you choose to declutter your home, remember that you will now have more room in your new home for your growing family.
Upgrade Your Vehicle
As your family grows, realize that you now want a more family-friendly vehicle that will be able to fit everyone inside. When looking for a new vehicle, there are several things that you will want to keep in mind while making your decision. The first and most important is safety. Whether you are choosing a sedan, SUV, or minivan, make sure that the vehicle has a high safety rating. Check out these highest safety-rated vehicles for some inspiration to help you make your decision.
Take into consideration gas mileage when purchasing a new vehicle. With gas prices as high as they are, finding a fuel-efficient vehicle is on every parent's criteria list. Depending on the miles per gallon your new car gets, you will save thousands of dollars a year, which can be used in an infinite number of ways for a growing family.
Growing your family is one of the most fulfilling experiences one can have during their lifetime. This process can be overwhelming, yet when you take the time to plan ahead and make the appropriate changes it makes life more ideal. By upgrading your living situation as well as decluttering and organizing, you will be able to spend more time with your expanding family for years to come.
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Marla is known as the Declutter Your Strategy™ expert. Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of