How to Downsize Effectively

By: Natalie Lewin

How to Downsize Effectively

Tags: Toronto, Homes In Toronto, Downsizing

Downsizing can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when you have lived in a space for a lot of years that holds a lot of memories and emotions, but when the move is the right next step nothing feels as good as actually getting it done and starting the next chapter. 

We have a list of the steps you can take to get to the next step with as little upheaval as possible. 

Things are JUST things

If those things are impacting your ability to live comfortably in your new, smaller home, they have to do. 
Write a list of all the things you love and can’t live without 
What do your new lifestyle needs look like?
Are stairs a no go? Is shoveling in the winter no longer an easy option for you? These questions all have to be answered so you can go on a focused house hunt to find exactly what it is your lifestyle demands.
Use floor plans to prearrange your furniture before you move.

Don’t wait until you have paid to move the furniture to realize it doesn’t fit your new space. Save yourself the stress and grab the measuring tape! 

Go digital with your memories

Pictures and photo albums take up a lot of space, scanning and keeping them digitally can go along way to saving you a bunch of space. Worried about losing them? Consider having them on multiple USB drives, or store them in the cloud! Whatever you choose, take advantage of the space-saving benefits of technology. 

Give yourself plenty of storage options

Ottomans that open up, wall shelving, under bed storage. In smaller spaces being strategic and thoughtful about how you store the necessities is so important. It can make the difference between a cluttered stressful space and a peaceful tranquil environment. 

Start Early

Start at least three months before you plan on moving. The process can be overwhelming and extensive. Compartmentalize your to-do list in order to get moving without feeling overloaded by the work.