Downsizing to a Condo
If you’re getting ready to downsize your family home to a new condominium, there is plenty of preparation and planning up ahead. And it can be both a challenging and stressful time – especially when it comes to figuring out how to fit all of your current belongings into a smaller space. Here we provide some tips to help you with the downsizing process when it’s time to move into a condo.
What to Keep
Figuring out which items to keep can be a difficult decision, especially if you have acquired a lot of possessions over the years. So, start simple, and begin to organize by making a list of all the items that you use on a regular basis, along with items that would cost you a significant amount of money to purchase anew, and all the sentimental items you cannot bear to live without.
What to Store
From your list of items to keep there may be plenty of items that really cannot comfortably fit into your new condo. Downsizing can be a challenge since storage and closet space will be limited. However, you can rent out storage space at a storage facility to keep any larger, additional belongings in so that you don’t have to get rid of them and can keep them safe if and when you can use them again.
What to Toss
A good rule of thumb is to toss any items that have rarely been seen or used in the last two years. If you haven’t been using something, the odds are that you still won’t be using it after you move. And when you have limited space it’s important for you to avoid adding in too many things that can make your condo appear smaller. Be strict with yourself about what to keep and what to toss aside.
What to Sell and Donate
A garage sale can be an excellent way to get rid of some of your left-over belongings and to also make some extra pocket cash. Collect all of your items that you no longer want to keep and throw up some signs around your neighbourhood a few days in advance of your garage sale. Consignment stores are also another great way to sell your items, as they will buy your furniture, clothing, books, and knick-knacks from you. Or you can donate your belongings to charity organizations that will go to people who really need them.
Downsizing can be a challenge, but it can also help you realize that sometimes, less is really more. Begin early by going through all of your belongings and start figuring out what will realistically work well in your new condo, and then store, toss or donate what won’t.