Moving from a large home to a smaller place takes some skill. But, there are plenty of smaller homes out there that come with lots of coziness, room for everything, and no trace of clutter. How do people that live in small spaces make it work? Here are some of our best tips.
1. Think up! Instead of buying cabinets and bureaus that sit on the floor, buy shelves and tables that can be attached to the wall. You can purchase large or small shelves that can hold a lot of things well above the ground floor, and this will leave plenty of floor space for items that you need to store – without taking up space inside of a room.
2. Don’t bring everything with you. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they move into a smaller space is that they try and bring everything with them. You can’t fit everything from a large home into a much smaller home, so start decluttering as soon as possible (preferably before you start packing!).
3. Get organized. Making sure everything has its place certainly has its merits. Buy storage containers for everything that needs a place, label jars and boxes, and use shelf space wisely.
4. Select a few appliances. This tip really works when it comes to the kitchen area. If you are moving from a full kitchen to a galley kitchen (for example), you might not be able to take every kitchen appliance with you. Be selective about the appliances you do need and will use, and try to store other items out of the way (you can always dig those things out when you need them at a later time).
5. Hang lots of things. Again, this is a good kitchen tip. Adding a hanging rack to your kitchen means that you can hang utensils, pots, pans, and other items. A knife rack that includes a magnetic strip can hold your knives, so that you aren’t taking up valuable drawer space.
6. Find multi-tasking tools. If you see an item that can double as something else (a bathroom hook that’s also a clothes hanger for wet clothes, for example), buy it. If one tool can turn into two or three tools, that’s a lot of extra space that you’ll soon have!
7. Rent out a storage space. Sometimes, you just can’t fit all of that furniture into a new home. If you don’t want to part with an item or two, consider renting out a storage space where you can keep a few things until you will need them again (or have room for those items once again). We offer storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins if you are looking for something close to your new home.
8. Downsize. Is your office desk huge? Get a smaller desk. Do you have night tables that take up too much room in your new bedroom? Buy tables or shelves that attach to the wall. Is your bed too big for your new bedroom? Get a smaller bed. You can sell the old things that you will no longer need, and buy new things that make more sense in a smaller space. Once you get used to the new size, you’ll see that it’s much easier to live in a space that’s not crowded.
9. Color coordinate. This one is more of a design tip, but it’s one that works very well in smaller spaces. Choose a color that you love (like turquoise), and buy small items in that color for every room in your home. For example, you may have a turquoise appliance in yoru kitchen, and a small turquoise pillow on your couch. Color can make a home seem more uniform, and that will make the space seem bigger.
10. Choose the right furniture. Even if you love that oversized sectional, it might not fit your new living room. Find furniture that really fits the shape and size of your new home, and you’ll find a lot more space.
If you need help moving into your new place, give us a call. We offer a full moving service as a moving company that has been working in the Fort Collins and Denver area for many years. We also have affordable storage spaces in different sizes for all of your needs. Call us for free moving estimates today. And, remember, moving into a smaller home can be really refreshing – you just have to make it all work!