Many people hear the word “downsizing” and think it pertains to older people.  While some of the sweetest referrals we get are from clients needing help with transitioning their aging parents to a smaller space, downsizing isn’t always associated with age.  Less square footage means less maintenance, lower utility bills and more leisure time, which is appealing at any age. 

If you’re considering downsizing, here are 3 things to keep in mind:

Downsizing doesn’t have to mean downgrading

Think about where you currently spend the most time in your home.  Are you an avid cook?  Then upgrade your kitchen appliances in your new home.  You may have a smaller kitchen, but you can have the best cooktop!  Do you like to watch college football on the weekends?  A small TV room can feel like a luxury suite, especially when equipped with amenities like, club seating and killer surround sound. 

Great planning is EVERYTHING

Most furniture does not transition well from one home to the next, particularly when the new home is a smaller home. Always measure everything to see what will work and sell or donate the rest.  This saves you from paying to have furniture moved that won’t fit.  One of the first things we do for our clients is measure out the space and make a digital rendering of the room, like the one below.  With proper space planning, we were able to come up with seating for twelve in this 600 sq/ft living area.

Edit your decor and sentimental items

No matter how much storage you’re able to find in a new smaller space, you still have to get rid of stuff.  It can be helpful to have a friend or family member help you sort through what stays and what goes. The best rule of thumb is, “If you don’t love it, don’t keep it.” Once the challenge of editing is all said and done, you should be left with some fabulous pieces to style your new smaller space.  

What’s the biggest design challenge you’re struggling with right now and how can we help you?