How to Downsize when Moving

May 17, 2018
How to Downsize

Downsizing can be overwhelming for those who have lived in one place for many years and are planning on moving to a smaller space. However, it can be done with good planning and careful preparation. We’ve made a list of tips and tricks to help make moving your new space as stress-free as possible.

Make a list of items that you need

One of the first steps to making moving as easy as possible its to make a list of items that you really need and that are important to you. If you have a lot of time before your move, put unused items away in a box. If you don’t open that box (or boxes) in a few months, then chances are you don’t need them! This works for almost everything from kitchen supplies, clothes, shoes, etc. Of course, you’ll need to consider seasonable items, especially if you’re moving to a city where you might face multiple seasons in one day! If you’re moving to a city like Toronto, which is notorious for small condos and unpredictable weather, make sure you take this tip into consideration. To get a better feel for your potential future city, check out Events in Toronto.


Consider multi-purpose furniture

Another tip is to look for multi-purpose furniture. For example, if the bedroom you’re moving into doesn’t have any closets, find a bed with organizers and storage drawers built-in underneath it. Some storage benches for hallways incorporate coat and bag hooks and a ledge shelf for artwork. There are lots of creative multi-purpose furniture items to choose from in almost any furniture stores these days. Go and take a look and get some ideas or go online for space saving options! Moreover, this will make your move all the more easy when considering transportation. You will likely want to reduce the amount of furniture you need to move as much as possible. Choosing pieces that are multi-functional will save you space in the moving truck and in your new residence.

How to Downsize when Moving

How to Downsize when Moving

Use your new floor plan as a guide

Another practical tip is to use the new floor plan for the new space you are moving to as a guide. Remember that “condo furniture” tends to be smaller than “house furniture”! You may have to let go of that chunky house furniture and factor in a budget for new purchases that are better suited for your new space. For example, check the size of the bedroom. Most of the time it will fit a queen size bed. If you’re looking to move in with a king size bed, you’ll need a width of at least 14ft. Taking a look at your new floor plan will also save you from any surprises when it comes to moving your furniture in. We all remember the infamous “Pivot!” scene from Friends, don’t we?

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It’s a clean slate

If you don’t have the opportunity to scope out your new floor plan, or have yet to even see your new space, bring only what you know you’ll need. While the idea of abandoning your furniture might seem intimidating, this gives you the opportunity for a clean slate. It will save you the headache of being overwhelmed with too much stuff. Plus, once you’ve settled in and figured out what you need – you’ll have the perfect excuse to explore your new neighbourhood and search out some cool local vendors or vintage shops. Major cities, like Vancouver or New York City, are endless sources of unique pieces. Take advantage of the boundless apartment inspiration and more Events in New York City.

Use floating items

Another idea is “floating” items: Floating items can free up floor space, a precious variable in condo environments. For example, a floating cabinet system that is wall mounted will create more floor space in your living room. Some headboards for the bed also feature built-in shelves for items like books and clocks instead of traditional night stands when the width of the bedroom is limited. If you’re considering moving into a small space, you’re likely looking into a condo. Make sure to be mindful when setting up floating furniture. Consider if it might cost you your security deposit (another tip: if you aren’t completely confident with mounting a floating shelf to your wall, ask someone to help you).

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By Ann Choltida

Ann Choltida is a salesperson at Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage. Real Estate has been her passion when she moved to Canada many years ago. She loves to travel. To find out more please visit

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