Downsizing to a smaller apartment will save you money on rent and utilities, but it can be a stressful experience. Chances are, you won’t be able to fit all the stuff you’ve accumulated into a tighter space, and it’s hard to know what to get rid of and what to keep.
If you’re planning on downsizing, here are some tips to help you through the process:
Take a thorough inventory. It’s difficult to know what to get rid of when you don’t have a solid picture of what you own in the first place. Walk around your apartment, and make a list of all of your belongings. Write down each piece of furniture you have, extra linens, appliances and more.
You may even want to take stock of the smaller items in your home like books. It’s possible you won’t have room for your entire collection in your new pad, so make a list of your most important reads and donate the rest.
Measure each room in your new apartment. Take accurate measurements of each room in your new home to find out what you can fit inside the rooms before you start moving your furniture. Next, compare those figures to the dimensions of your furniture. If your new place is really tiny, you may need a smaller bed or couch.
You should also consider how much space you have for storage. You may have to downsize to a smaller dresser if your bedroom’s square footage is limited, or purchase a new cabinet if you lack closet space.