It is very likely that you are used to living in a multi-bedroom home, so it can be overwhelming to consider downsizing your space and possessions. Downsizing allows you to let go of possessions that fill up space in your home and allow you to focus on the possessions or needs that you have that matter the most to you. When transitioning from a larger space to a smaller one, you will want to consider these topics to be the most space-conscious to benefit your new living style.
Knowing how much space you will need is a critical, and often overlooked, foundational step in the process. Here are our tips for how to consider space when downsizing.
Your Current Home
Determine how much of your home you are actually using. Do you keep bedrooms closed off most of the year? Are you effectively using both your living room and family room? If you’re using extra bedrooms, basement areas or garage space for storage, it’s likely you won’t miss that square footage when you downsize. Estimate the square footage of the areas in your home that you can’t live without, and use that number as a guideline for how much space you will need in your new home.
Many homeowners purchase homes with guest bedrooms and large dining rooms, so they can host guests. Ask yourself this: are guests visiting frequently enough to justify holding onto a guest room? Would your dinner parties be just as fun if held in a kitchen? If not, it is likely that you can shed those spaces and the furniture in them.
Your new home should suit your lifestyle. If you work from home, you probably don’t want to give up an office space when downsizing. It is important to choose your space based upon how effectively you will use it. If you love to cook, maybe you choose a larger kitchen by justifying with smaller bedrooms.
When you downsize to an apartment complex, you’re not only renting your home unit – you’re renting the clubhouse, exercise facilities, theater room and any other common areas. Learn to rely on your new home’s amenities to provide the space for occasional activities instead of paying for them or having them in your home.
Don’t guess at how well you’ll fit into your new home. When shopping for a new apartment, use floor plans and block out where major items – furniture and electronics – will sit in your new home. You’ll get a better idea of how much room you’ll have for storage.
Everyone’s space needs are unique, and you’ll need to consider your lifestyle and storage needs when you decide how much space you need when you downsize. 55 Resort Apartments offers members extensive on-site amenities that augment personal space, and four floor plans to fit any lifestyle. Schedule your visit today by calling 833-LEASE-55 (833-532-7355) or through our Contact Page.