Your Guide to Downsizing from a House to an Apartment

Yay! The big day has come and you are ready to move into your apartment. But, wait! Uh-oh! You are moving from a HOUSE into an APARTMENT. Before you panic, we can help and the process of downsizing is not as difficult as you may think it is. Ready to learn more? Let’s go.

  1. Determine Your Needs

First and foremost, determine your needs. What we mean by this is sit down and think about the essentials you will need for your apartment. For example, you already know you are going to need a microwave and you will need linens for your bedroom. But, do you need all of those extra pillows or decorations on the wall?

As you move into a smaller apartment, you will need to sit down and think about your space constraints and what you truly need to have.

  1. Go Through Your Stuff

This will likely be the hardest part of the entire process for you because it is time to say goodbye to your belongings. If you are downsizing from a three-bedroom home into a one-bedroom apartment, you have a lot to get rid of.

Remember how we said to determine your needs in the step above? This is where it comes into play. Now that you know what items you need, start to go through your stuff and pull out what needs to go with you and a couple of things that you want to go with you.

As you come across things that you are unsure of, set them aside. If you find that it is too difficult to toss out your items, consider donating them, having a yard sale, or gifting them to your friends and family.

  1. Take Measurements

How awful would it be for you to pack up your bedroom set to find out that it does not fit in your new bedroom at your apartment. Start out by taking some measurements of your items and then measure your new bedroom at your apartment. If it won’t fit – get rid of it.

  1. Know Your Storage Space Options

You should know what your new apartment has to offer you, especially when it comes to your storage space. You will likely find that you need to rent a self-storage unit to keep some of your personal items.

One of the things you need to keep in mind is that you can add even more storage to your current storage areas in your apartment. To do this, look over the free space you have and decide whether or not you can hang baskets, add hooks, or even add a shelf divider or two.

If you are moving from a home into an apartment, you may be scared that you have too many things. The truth is – you likely do have too many things. You will need to pare down what you have and only take your must have items with you. If you find you have too many items you simply can’t part with, rent a storage unit to keep these items safe while you are in your apartment.