Downsizing from a large suburban home to a condo can be daunting to even the most organized homeowner. In its simplicity, the key to downsizing is to rid your life of unnecessary belongings while keeping the things you do need. It sounds pretty simple, but for most people, it is not.
In this four-part series we will share what we have learned from assisting a multitude of homeowners downsize and successfully acclimate to their new home. By incorporating our nine steps into your downsize plan, you can create a happy and tasteful environment made for daily living.
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TIP 1: Plan and Measure
TIP 2: Determine Your Lifestyle Needs
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TIP 3: Think Quality, Multipurpose and Maximize Space<
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TIP 4: Edit and Organize
TIP 5: Digitize Cds, DVDs, Cassettes, Videos, Pictures, and Important Documents
Free up valuable space by digitizing CDs, DVDs, cassettes, videos, pictures, and important documents and save to the cloud or a computer hard drive. Keeping the hard copies of personal documents, such as birth certificates and social security cards is essential, but you can go paperless by scanning and saving all of your financial and personal records.
TIP 6: When in Doubt, Consult a Professional
Consider hiring a professional interior designer or organizer to ease the stress of downsizing and to assist you in getting settled in your new home.
Organizers can offer an unbiased view when you’re trying to decide what you need to eliminate or donate to charity.
Interior Designers can assist in deciding which pieces in your current home will work in your new space. They will evaluate both the size and scale of your furniture as well as the look and feel. They can then incorporate the pieces into your new home and guide you in the selection of furniture, rugs, and accessories to make your new space feel like home.
They also provide specification and purchasing services to procure materials, furniture, accessories, and art, some of which you might not be able to find on your own. Find the perfect Denver Interior Designer.
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TIP 7: Donate, Sell and Gift
Sometimes we have trouble getting rid of our things as we feel we are wasteful. Chances are someone can use all the items you are getting rid of. Here are some ideas:
- Sell your designer clothes or antiques on eBay
- Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and NextDoor are other places to sell or give away the furniture and items you don’t need
- Donate to Goodwill or a local charitable thrift store
- Talk to your friends and family to see if they need the things you are discarding
- Have a garage sale or estate sale
- Read more: Craigslist vs. eBay: Where Should You Sell Your Stuff?
TIP 8: A Bunch of Containers Add to The Overall Clutter
Do not get seduced by boxes, containers, and organizational gadgets. They encourage you to stuff things that you do not need into pretty boxes.
TIP 9: Renting a Storage Space is a Last Resort
You need to evaluate if renting a storage unit makes financial sense as you are essentially paying rent to house stuff you are not using. Calculate how much it will cost for the unit every year versus the value of the items. If you decide some things are essential, sentimental, or valuable, then it may be a viable option, but if they are “just in case” items, sell them.
We hope that you found our 9 Tips for Downsizing and Getting Settled in Your New Home valuable. If you are still feeling a little overwhelmed hiring a professional to guide you through this process and to help create and implement the vision for your new home will make the transition more enjoyable. Contact Marina Dagenais at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.916.9515 to schedule your free consultation today!
Marina Dagenais is the principle of Designer Premier. Marina is known as The Design Matchmaker as she offers a complimentary service that matches homeowners to interior designers, and other design professionals, based on personality, the scope of the project, design aesthetic, and budget. There is no increase in fees for professionals found through her.