Up­grad­ing to flat-screen TVs among tips for sav­ing space

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Looking to down­size? Tracey Lazare of Lazare De­sign of­fers the fol­low­ing ad­vice:

Give over­sized fur­ni­ture to fam­ily or sell on con­sign­ment. Space is more lim­ited when mov­ing to a condo, so the amount of stuff you can re­duce or limit is ben­e­fi­cial.

De­clut­ter­ing is a three-step process: • Have your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren come to your house for a full day with a mini­van and ask them to take away ev­ery­thing they are in­ter­ested in, • Have a garage sale, hire some­one to or­ga­nize a con­tents sale, or buy a classified ad. • Do­nate items to char­ity. Some or­ga­ni­za­tions will ac­tu­ally come to your house to take items away for free n Wall space is re­duced in con­dos so you can’t take all your pho­tos with you. In­stead, se­lect favourite wall-mounted fam­ily pho­tos. Re­main­ing pho­tos can be dis­played in a cof­fee-ta­ble scrap­book or in a photo al­bum. Smaller pho­tos of chil­dren and grand­chil­dren can be pro­fes­sion­ally dis­played as a col­lage.

If you are not buy­ing new, re-up­hol­ster or slip­cover ex­ist­ing so­fas or din­ing chairs that need up­dat­ing to cur­rent styles.

Save space by up­grad­ing older tele­vi­sion sets to flat screens.

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