Moving from a larger home into a condo, something many Canadians find themselves doing, presents a number of considerations, not the least of which is figuring out what to do with all your stuff. If you’ve spent years living in a detached home, it’s possible you’ve acquired a lot of furniture and household items over the years, or you’re simply used to living and indulging in a larger space. Here’s how to make the logistics a bit easier.
Take measurements! Before you move into your new home, make sure you either take measurements of each room yourself, or have access to detailed floorplans. This can help you decide where to put certain furniture items, or if there’s room for them at all. It also helps you pair down your stuff ahead of time, as well as tell your movers where to place certain items as you move in.
Sell or trade your older items. It’s totally possible that some of your bigger items just might not work in your new space. Think of this as an opportunity to make some cash. Try selling your larger or out-of-date items at a consignment store or on Craigslist. Or, try Canada-based Bunz, an online trading platform, which allows you to connect with local people and swap your items for other furniture, gift cards or services.
Use the multitask rule. A good way to decide if something belongs in a smaller space is to ask yourself if it can do double duty. Can the den couch be turned into a guest bed? Can that sideboard store bar supplies on top and hardware in the drawers? Can your ottoman also hide blankets or cushions? When you’re in a smaller space, your furniture becomes much more useful if it can serve more than one purpose.
Moving is exciting, and moving into a smaller space? Think of it as an opportunity. These tips will have you living large in a small space in no time.