Whether you call it downsizing or rightsizing, many people consider moving from a larger home to a
smaller home at some point in their lives. And when you’re moving into a smaller space you might be wondering what you should do with all you’ve collected over the years.
If you’re considering downsizing, begin by sorting your possessions into three piles: keep, donate, trash. After donating and trashing what you can, here are some clever ways to store your stuff in the new, smaller space.
• Dual-Purpose Furniture – Find furniture that offers hidden storage, such as a coffee table or ottoman with storage compartments for extra pillows, throw blankets, games, or books.
• Baskets and Cubes – There are a lot of great options for cube storage units that incorporate baskets to store extra items for easy access when needed.
• Digitize – This is the perfect time to put your important papers and pictures into a digital format. From treasured pictures to tax forms, there are companies who specialize in transferring your items for later access. You can also combine photos into beautiful coffee table books.
• Repurpose – Take a careful look at your furniture…and Pinterest. You’ll find great ways to use some of your favorite pieces in different and useful ways.
• Closets – Consider a closet consultation to make sure you maximize your closet space, not only in the bedrooms but also in your kitchen pantry and hall coat closet.
Downsizing doesn’t mean you have to throw out everything you love. Take a hard look at what matters and then use some of these tricks to store the items you treasure without adding clutter to your new home.