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: Edit and Organize
TIP 4: Think Quality, Multipurpose and Maximize Space
Select a great piece of furniture that makes a statement, rather than squeezing too much furniture in a room. When investing in new furniture, look for quality pieces that are smaller scaled and that offer multipurpose features to save space.
Consider These Space-Saving Tips
- Nightstands with open and closed storage
- Ottomans or coffee tables with tops that lift to offer space
- Drawer space under the beds
- Stools and benches with storage and stacking chairs
- Maximize your wall space
- An eating table that doubles as a task table, office workspace, and an entertaining table
- A desk that can be closed up to disguise work
- A hall organizer at the front door with specific bins to collect keys, bags, coats and shoes
- Sofas and chairs that convert to sleeper beds.
Create a Flex Room
If you are short on space, a Murphy bed is the perfect solution. Whether it is your bedroom by night and an office by day, or it’s your living room most of the time which converts to a comfortable space for guests. Murphy beds increase your home value since it maximizes space if you ever want to rent or sell. We use and recommend Closet Factory for Murphy beds, storage, and closets.
Capture Unused Space
When space is limited, you need to make sure you are using each square foot as wisely as possible without cluttering the home or affecting the design. Work with an interior designer to create a beautiful fireplace with hidden storage or a cool bookshelf to provide privacy for the bedroom.
Add a Convertible Table
A butterfly or “drop leaf” table may be the perfect solution for small spaces. When not in use, the chairs fold up and can be stored inside the table. What’s more, the table folds down effortlessly, making it the perfect sideboard.
Avoid Coffee Spills with an Armrest Table
These smart armrest trays will work with most sofas and armchairs. They are the perfect solution for placing drinks on – and they even have a convenient phone holder too!
Incorporate a Barely There Side Table
These end tables offer another solution when you don’t have room for a coffee table. This side table could also function as a slimline bedside table.
The functional design permits the table to stand safely on two legs, making it easy to integrate into existing furniture. As long as there is room under your sofa, they will slide into place – saving tons of floor space!
Use A Book Shelf Divider and Maximize All Wall Space
Even if you do a great job of editing your things, most of us have books, collectibles and accessories we want to keep and display.
Work with an interior designer to maximize your wall space to create shelving that goes with the space and the décor. A great way to create a more private bedroom or sitting area is to use a bookcase as a divider. Contact Marina Dagenais at email@example.com or 303.916.9515 to schedule your free consultation today!
Stay tuned for Part Four with tips 5-9 coming to you next week! Subscribe to our blog and get the next piece of content straight to your inbox.
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.