Big castles, big cars, big bills! Is bigger always better? Find out all the ways downsizing from a house to an apartment could improve your quality of life – plus some downsizing tips for starting your smart move today! Read the rest of this entry »
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We tend to believe that bigger is better, but that isn’t always the case—especially in your living situation! Larger apartments often have higher rent and utility costs, and they take more time and effort to maintain and clean. And don’t forget how much money and work it takes to fill a larger home with furniture and décor!
If you’re starting to feel like your home isn’t the best fit for your life anymore, maybe it’s time to consider moving to a smaller apartment or even a furnished apartment. Not sure if you’re ready to downsize? See if any of these surefire signs it’s time to downsize feel familiar to you. Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe you are embarking on a short-term move, or downsizing in favor of lower rent, or trading a small apartment for a big backyard. Whatever your reason for downsizing your living space, know that small apartments still have big potential for happy apartment living. Moving to a smaller apartment doesn’t have to be a downer! In fact, downsizing is actually a great opportunity to rethink the way you live. Here are the ApartmentSearch.com best tips for downsizing your apartment.
Evaluate Your Apartment’s Belongings
It’s time to take a serious look at all of your apartment’s possessions. Downsizing means having to be realistic about what you can keep for your smaller apartment. For example, extra seating in small bedroom isn’t really necessary. Ask yourself: Do you need it, or do you want it?
Once you’ve pared down your possessions, it’s time to evaluate what’s left. Because smaller apartments have less space overall, and likewise, less storage space, you may need to find other storage solutions. One option is to find self-storage for the belongings you won’t be able to fit into your new apartment’s space but that you still need to keep. Maybe you’re hanging on to a family heirloom, or maybe your downsize is only temporary and you’d like to keep your furniture for future use. Self-storage can be a way to keep your things without cluttering up your home.
Organize Your Space
Downsizing apartments can also be a great chance to re-organize. You may even find yourself living more tidily than you did before! Keeping small apartments clean can instantly make them feel more spacious, so take advantage of every shelf and every drawer, and install your own shelving if you can. The more that’s off the floor, the better!
Define Downsized Décor
There are some simple, effective rules you can apply to decorating small apartments. For example, though it may seem counterintuitive, it’s okay to put a large couch in a small living room—it actually helps the room look bigger! And when it comes to color schemes, keep it simple. Too many colors will make the apartment’s space seem too busy, and therefore smaller. Stick with three colors per room, and keep to the same color palette as much as possible.
More Apartment Tips
Want to know more about how to downsize apartments? ApartmentSearch.com has all kinds of ways to make your search for a new apartment easier. Check out our other tips for living in a small apartment on our blog, and be sure to take advantage of our moving checklist!
Moving from a big apartment to a small apartment may mean less space, but it can also be a good thing — especially if you’re moving to a better location or will be paying less rent (and less in utilities) every month. If you’re ever in this situation, take note of our 5 ways to downsize when you’re moving to a small apartment…
Start early. If you leave everything to the last minute, there may not be enough time to get organized. Give yourself plenty of time to make your move as smooth as possible.
Take inventory. When you really look at what you have, you may be surprised to find out how much you don’t need, even in a large space. You might even find some things you’ve had but haven’t been using. Either way, once you know what you have, you’ll be able to plan for your move to the small apartment. And don’t just look at furnishings: include clothing, bedding and accessories you have as well.
Make a plan for your new space. Think about your new apartment and try to plan out what will go where. This will help you decide what to take and what to sell or donate. Since you’ll be starting fresh in a smaller home, a great option you have is getting creative with the new space. Consider small-space solutions like shelving and multi-purpose furniture (example: ottomans that can double as coffee tables and extra seating for guests).
Sell, sell, sell. Once you’ve figured out what you do and don’t need, consider selling the stuff you won’t be taking with you to your new apartment. There are plenty of websites that will let you place a free ad, and there’s also your newspaper’s classifieds section. Even Facebook has a classifieds section.
Donate, donate, donate. Have a friend or family member in need? A local thrift store, church, school or shelter? Whatever you do, don’t just send off that nightstand or La-Z-Boy to the dump — someone will probably be able to use it, even if you think it’s unusable or broken. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”