Keep downsizing down to earth
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.
Don’t be afraid to use bold colour in your new, smaller living area.