Downsizing to a smaller house can cause stress and anxiety for people who have an attachement to their belongings but don’t like living in clutter. Empty nesters or others who are moving from a large house to a small apartment or condo face real challenges of making a smaller living space. It’s important to come up with a plan before starting the downsizing process; make an enjoyable and comfortable environment for your lifestyle.
Here are some tips for organizing / downsizing your life to live comfortably in your new smaller space.
1. Plan Ahead
The sooner you start making plans to downsize, the better off you will be. Start planning early and set reasonable goals for yourself. When it comes to your family, make sure you are all on the same page to eliminate conflicts down the road.
2. Determine Your Lifestyle, Your Needs & Wants
You and our family need to think about what type of lifestyle that you want to embrace as you move forward. How much smaller do you think your new home is going to be? Have you thought about the furniture that you have? How will it fit in your new space?
3. What’s the Purpose of Your Downsizing?
So many people want to bring more than they need when they decide to downsize. They don't think in terms of “every single corner could have a purpose”, but when downsizing, that phrase needs to be taken seriously! With simple planning, a shelf can be your whole office or the corner of a room can become an art studio.
4. Keep Out the Clutter
Too much clutter will ruin the look of your home; especially a smaller space. Try to eliminate extra cables and wires by using WiFi. Choose a TV that mounts to the wall, so you don't need a media center that takes up valuable space.
There are smart storage solutions available that you can use to use in your new space. A table cloth can be re-purposed on an older table - this will give you a way to "hide" things from plain sight. Another example is to take a piece china that you no longer use and make it a pencil holder in your home office or keep you make up in it in your bathroom.
5. Quality and Multi-purposes
Try to go for quality over quantity. Choose one or two pieces of furniture that you love and that makes a statement instead of trying to squeeze too much into a room. If you’re buying new furniture when you downsize, choose multipurpose pieces. Get a nightstand storage and ottomans with tops that lift to give you space inside for blankets and extra pillows.