Best Tips for Downsizing from a House to Apartment

Written by Posted On Thursday, 19 December 2019 06:14

There are a ton of excellent reasons to move from a house to an apartment. Maybe you’re tired of the unexpected expenses and taxes. You might be moving to a new area for a job or family and need a year or two to get settled. Maybe you’re heading back to school (or getting your kids into a better school district). Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a complicated process. We’re here to help.

Keep Track of How Often You Use Your ‘Stuff’

When you’re ready to downsize, you’re going to need to get rid of the excess. This means clothes, shoes, kitchen tools, and more. For clothes, I like to swap out my closet for each season. I’ll start all of the clothes on a white hanger and move them to black hangers as I wear them. Any piece of clothing still on a white hanger at the end of the season gets donated. You can do the same with different dresser drawers and boxes of shoes.

Calculate Your Total Space

If possible, find out how much space you’ll have in your new apartment. Include all cabinets, basement and attic storage, closets, and more. Measure your furniture to make sure it will fit in the appropriate rooms. If not, it’s time to get rid of the fluff. Remember, packing a small apartment full of furniture and decorations will make you feel like you’re living in a sardine can. Plus, it will look cluttered to guests. Sell furniture that you can’t keep on craigslist, and then use that money to buy apartment-appropriate décor.

Think About Wants vs. Needs

If you’re limited on counter space in the kitchen, and you rarely use canned goods, you can probably ditch the electronic can opener for a hand one. Think about whether you genuinely need those books that you’ve already read and never intend to revisit. Go drawer by drawer and shelf by shelf, emptying their contents onto a table or bed. You can sort through these drawers and shelves more effectively one at a time (instead of just picking through them arbitrarily), filtering out the excess.

Use Space Creatively

For example, if you have a bookcase that you can’t part with, consider using it as a divider between ‘rooms’ if you’re moving into a studio. It’ll keep you on-task when trying to work or relax in a particular space. You can also utilize vertical space with floating shelves or use multipurpose furniture like an antique storage trunk to act as a coffee table.

This post was sponsored by Varela Westshore, an upscale apartment community in Tampa, FL, offering spacious and stylish homes available for lease.

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