Regardless of why you are downsizing, moving to a smaller appartment can be really challenging, because: how could you possibly fit all the stuff you have accumulated for years into a tighter place?
Well, it might sound difficult, but we know you can do it! Just check all our tips to help you achieve this goal in an efficient way.
- Make a list of the items you want to keep and start eliminating the rest. Work with the items that don't hold much sentimental value, first. Remember that if you're downsizing from a house to a condominium or an apartment, you don't need articles such as lawn mowers, big ladders, big snow shovels, etc.
- Start the sorting process at least three months before the moving date. Work on the project an hour every day or an entire morning or afternoon each week. Pay special attention to accumulated documents, overflowing filling cabinets and collections of photographs, so you can decide which ones you want to keep.
- Try to keep just one-third to one-half of your belongings.
- When sorting out your possessions, use three bins or containers and label them: For Charity, To Keep, and To Sell.
- Be compassionate to others and donate the things that you don't want to take with you, but there are still in good shape. You can also give away the cleaning supplies and the items that the moving companies refuse to transport for safety reasons. Consider giving or donating these supplies to a shelter, a charitable organization, or to a neighbor.
- Recycle to protect environmental health.
- Organize a garage sale before moving from house to apartment.
- Use floor plans to prearrange your furniture, before moving to a smaller house. You can use the existing plan of your next house or apartment, and sketch in a furniture layout. This would help you to decide which furniture will fit comfortably in your new place.
- To maximize the space of your new house or apartment, install plentiful storage in areas such as underneath the bed and inside the closets. These are indeed, two main areas where additional storage can be installed to have extra space for important items.
- Baskets are very versatile elements, they look nice as decorative pieces and you can use them throughout the house to store all kind of items.
- Use behind-the-door shoe holders to corral anything small besides shoes. Use them to keep organize items like: underwear, socks, cleaning products, rolled-up towels, toiletries and much more.
- Add shelves to the back of your cabinets for extra storage. In case you can not drill holes to install the units, there are more temporary solutions in the market.
- Storage ottomans hide away plenty of objects. You can use them throughout the house, including in your bathrooms. They are quite stylish and they come in many designs and colors.
A great idea is tucking one or two ottomans under a floating shelf for seating – that is there when you need it, and out of the way when you don't.
- Wall hung storage is useful and decorative at the same time. You can minimize the visual impact by blending the storage containers with the surroundings.
- Finally, if you want to avoid clutter in your smaller home, consider changing your spending habits and only purchase items when you know you have a home for them.
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