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Tips for Downsizing to a Loft or Condo

More and more people are downsizing their lives into smaller city spaces. A large home requires a lot of maintenance and can be overwhelming and time consuming. Trading in your existing space and stuff for a simpler lifestyle can be liberating. Downsizing to a loft or condo is not for everyone. But if you would rather enjoy your Saturday at the park relaxing with friends and family instead of doing yard work, then it IS for you.   Once you have made the decision to change your lifestyle, you must identify your vision for the way you want to live in your new space. The following tips will help you achieve your end goal: Creating a space that is simple, stress-free and works with your lifestyle.

Tips for de-cluttering your space before downsizing:

1: Before moving into your new space, get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Don’t let your stuff weigh you down, set the clutter free!

2: Take inventory of your stuff. Use post-its to tag big ticket items you want to get rid of. Depending on the condition of the items, decide whether you want to donate, sell or trash them.   Consider asking friends, family and colleagues first if they want any of the items you plan to give away. Knowing where your stuff ends up sometimes helps with the letting go process.

3: The smaller items should be sorted into four categories: keep, donate, sell, or trash. Use moving boxes or plastic bins and heavy duty trash bags for this step.

4: Immediately move the trash items out of the house. Don’t let them sit in the garage! Also, start loading your car with the donation items. The goal is to get everything that you are not keeping out of the house as soon as possible.

5: Now, you can pack and prepare for your move.

Tips for creating your new space:

1: Make your new space work. Downsize to furniture that serves a dual purpose. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a storage space or a coffee table or both.   An armoire tucked away into a corner is an attractive solution for storing your home office.

2: Think vertical. Install shelves for added storage space. This allows for more storage without adding bulky furniture pieces.

3:   Divide and Conquer. Assign a “home” for everything by using colorful bins, plastic containers, baskets, and drawer dividers. Create labels for easy access.

Finally, assess your new surroundings. Your space should give you the confidence that you can accomplish anything.