If you’ve just returned from dropping your children off at a university, or they graduated in May and are officially out of the house for good, downsizing your space might be on your radar.
Selling a large home and moving into a smaller one not only holds the promise of making life easier to manage, it can also be more cost effective. But if you’ve been in your current home for a couple decades, you’ve likely amassed a lot of stuff. When is the last time you cleaned out your attic or garage?
Getting rid of things you no longer need or want isn’t for the faint of heart. To manage the process of first reviewing your stuff, use these tips:
To make the most out of less space, use it wisely and consider storage options which make the most out of your closets.
If you’ve got small reach-in closets with one rod and a shelf, you can likely add a second rod to double hanging storage for your clothes.
Add hooks behind the door or on the side wall of your reach-in closet or in your walk-in closet to hang bags or accessories. This is also a good spot to add a tie rack or belt rack so you’re not taking up valuable space elsewhere in your closet.
Adding shelves and cubbies to a reach-in or linen closet is an excellent way to add storage that helps you avoid piling items on top of items, which can quickly contribute to clutter.
If these solutions seem appealing to you, you could also go with a completely custom solution, where a professional Designer reviews the space and helps you maximize it. It’s a better way to ensure that all of your things have a place in your new, more compact home.
Beyond considering where you’ll keep all of your stuff, it makes sense to think multipurpose when downsizing. The spaces in your new home—and the furniture in those spaces—can pull double duty so you can get more out of them.
For example, choose an ottoman that doubles as a storage bin. Consider a kitchen island with cubbies on the side for small appliances or cook books. Maximize under-bed storage with containers or a bed with drawers below it.
And when it comes to sleeping arrangements, you can opt for a sofa bed or even a Murphy bed.
Murphy beds are more comfortable than sofa beds because they incorporate a typical mattress that you could buy at any store rather than a thin one made just for a sofa.
They also provide flexibility: Murphy beds fold down from the wall only when they’re needed. Custom solutions can include storage around them such as shelves, cabinets and drawers. And, depending on the room, a Murphy bed can be incorporated into other custom furniture such as a desk in a home office.
That’s how one Closet Works customer added more function to a space after moving to a smaller home:
“The Closet Works designed a home office/Murphy bed combo for my husband and I when we downsized and moved into what had been our second home in Cape May County, NJ. It was and continues to be one of the best home decor decisions that we’ve ever made. The room functions as an office day to day, but accommodates guests as needed.”
If you’re downsizing and you need help with storage and organization, reach out to us. We’ll have one of our pros help you design a custom solution.
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