Keep down­siz­ing down to earth

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - YAM­INA ORTYNSKI

Down­siz­ing can be a stress­ful process. Mov­ing into less space sets our in­ner voice scream­ing, “Where will I put ev­ery­thing?”

You can quiet that voice by mak­ing a de­sign plan that fol­lows a few ba­sic steps. You’ll re­duce stress and reap the ben­e­fits of liv­ing with less. Be real­is­tic If yo u a r e mov i n g from a 2,000- square- foot house to an 800-square-foot condo, you won’t get it all in. Look at the new space’s size and lay­out and de­cide what pieces you can keep. If the sofa is too large, sell it on Craigslist or Ki­jiji and pur­chase a sofa that works. Not all your items will make the cut, but once you get past this hur­dle you’re half­way there. Em­brace the new space Look for its unique ben­e­fits. If the condo has high ceil­ings, take ad­van­tage of this ar­chi­tec­tural gem. Tall, built-in book­cases are a great way to high­light high ceil­ings, and you get a great stor­age so­lu­tion.

If the bed­room is tiny, paint the walls in a rich hue or add wall­pa­per to play up the room’s in­ti­mate and cosy feel. Opt for float­ing shelves and get rid of night ta­bles al­to­gether; place the light­ing on the wall. Try tech­nol­ogy Store your pic­tures and your books elec­tron­i­cally, on hard drives, eread­ers, tablets, USB sticks, etc. Swap in, swap out Don’t give up all your pre­cious be­long­ings

Save the ones you love best in a closet. Bring them out as the sea­sons change, when you want to mod­ify your decor or ad­just your colour scheme.

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