Making a Move: Downsizing to a Smaller Space

Making a Move: Downsizing to a Smaller Space

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Living Room, Ingleside

Making a Move: Downsizing to a Smaller Space

As we age, our living needs change and downsizing to a smaller space can be a practical and liberating decision. People downsize for numerous reasons such as a divorce, death or retirement. Downsizing can be exciting as it allows the opportunity to “start over” and introduce a new style you’ve been wanting to do or to simplify life by reducing maintenance responsibilities and creating a more accessible living environment. However, downsizing can also be overwhelming as it requires careful planning and decision-making. Here are some tips to help you make a smooth transition and create a comfortable and functional new home.

1. Let Go Of Clunky Furniture

A common misconception about downsizing is that you need to get rid of everything and that’s not entirely true. Unless you want to fully purchase all new furniture, start by creating an inventory list of things you want to keep. With that said, one of the challenges of downsizing is dealing with furniture that won’t fit in your new space.

As you prepare for your move, take some time to look at your furniture and determine which pieces are essential and can fit in your new home. Be honest with yourself about what you need and use on a day-to-day basis. Consider donating, selling, or giving away any furniture that will not be making the move with you.

2. Clean Out And Declutter

Downsizing is the perfect time to clean out and declutter your possessions. Go through your belongings and determine what you want to keep and what can go. Keep only the items that hold sentimental value or are truly necessary and avoid the temptation to hold onto items “just in case”. Remember that downsizing is about simplifying and streamlining your life. By taking the time to keep only essential and functional furniture, you’ll create a more open and uncluttered environment in your new space.

Bold blue modern bedroom

Living Room, Santi

A clutter-free home transforms chaos into calm and lets your home design shine on its own.

3. Address Hoarding Tendencies

Hoarding can be a common disorder among older adults and progresses as we age. Downsizing can bring this issue to the forefront, so if you find yourself struggling to let go of possessions or are facing challenges with hoarding tendencies, it’s important to seek help. Consider reaching out to a professional organizer or therapist who specializes in hoarding disorders. They can provide you with the proper guidance and support as you navigate the downsizing process and help you make healthy decisions about your belongings.

4. Seek Help From An Interior Designer

Downsizing can be an overwhelming experience, especially when designing a new space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. This is where we come in! Hiring an interior designer is a wise investment as we can provide our expertise in maximizing space, creating efficient layouts, and choosing the right furniture and decor for your new space. We can also help you create a safe and accessible living environment by considering factors such as lighting and ergonomics.

5. Plan For Accessibility And The Future

As you begin the downsizing process, it’s important to think about the future to ensure your new home is safe and accessible. Consider installing grab bars in the bathroom, ensuring doorways are wide enough for a wheelchair, and arranging furniture in a way that allows for easy maneuverability. Working with an interior designer who has experience in designing for aging-in-place can help you make these modifications and create a home that is safe, functional, and accessible for years to come.

Round furniture allows for easy flow in a high traffic area where safety and style meet.

Cozy modern contemporary living room with Eames lounge chair

Living Room, Edison

6. Embrace Multi-Functional Furniture

Smaller spaces can be trickier to decorate and furnish which is why multi-functional furniture is a game-changer. Look for furniture pieces that serve dual purposes, such as a sofa bed, a foldable dining table, or an ottoman with hidden storage. These simple space-saving solutions can help maximize the space in your new home without feeling cluttered while maintaining flow and function.

7. Stay Organized 

Lastly, downsizing requires careful planning to ensure that everything has its place in your new home. It’s a good idea to invest in storage solutions such as shelves, cabinets, and organizers to keep your belongings tidy and easily accessible. Consider labeling boxes and containers so you know exactly where your things are at all times.

Final Thoughts

Downsizing can mark a monumental moment in your life but it doesn’t need to be stressful or overwhelming. We hope these tips will help you navigate this chapter of your life, and if you need any further help with space planning or furnishing, give us a call!

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