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Tips For Downsizing Your Home

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Moving to a smaller home, whether or not it's your choice, can be an intimidating task.  To make the task easier for you and your family members, take a walk through your home and inventory all your stuff.  Start one room at a time and have your family members go through their rooms and make a list. 

Don't attempt to purge at this stage, just get your list complete.  Then sit down with your family and go through each room's list for their input on what are must haves, would like to haves, don't need and trash.  Then it's time to take action; include all your family members in this activity.


When you are creating your inventory list, visit the areas you seldom walk through.  Start with your storage areas first (attics, basements, closets, etc).  You will be surprised to find what you have accumulated over time.  If you're like most people, you will find boxes of items that haven't seen the light of day for years and there's a reason for this:  you don't need them.  Get rid of them at once. 

Set up boxes, baskets or piles for a yard sale, donation or throw out.  Don't take the time for examining every sentimental item and daydreaming about why you've kept them; keep moving.  Remember how much square footage items such as these take away from space you will need for everyday use in your home.


Ideally, you should make three lists when going through the main rooms of your home; Must haves, Can live withouts, and Things to replace.  Your "must haves" are the things that need to come with you.  Your "live withouts" are the things you could sell, donate, or get rid of entirely.  This doesn't mean you'll get rid of them, just that if space becomes a concern, they're the first ones to go. Your "replace" list should be the things that you could sell and buy something smaller that you'll need, like a smaller TV or space-saving furniture to fit your new home.


Take stock of the things that are actually important to you and ask yourself if you've used it in the past year.  If so, how often?  What would you replace if it were all gone?  If you think you could live without it, out the door it should go. 

Measure your must-have furniture and map out a floorplan to figure out which pieces will or will not fit in your new space.  When downsizing from a house to a condo or apartment, make sure you measure your furniture in advance.  Then, map out your new floor plan to make sure you're only taking pieces that will actually fit in your new space.


Plan for reduced storage.  Your new place may have less space for storing things like seasonal clothing, decorations, luggage, and anything else you may be used to keeping in your basement or closets.  For these items and stuff that you really have a hard time getting rid of, rent yourself a storage unit.  A self storage unit will allow you to keep items close, without needing to stuff into your smaller home.  Renting a self storage unit is a cost-effective way to gain extra space and a great alternative to having to give up items that mean a lot to you.

Be creative with your storage options.  Some suggestions are: ottomans that open up into an open storage area, under-bed storage boxes, space bags for excess clothing and blankets, are all creative, out of site storage options in your new, smaller space.  One rule of storage, when it comes to small spaces, is that you should store up, not out, so if you can make use of your walls for storage and shelving, do it.  This will keep things off of the floor and give the illusion of more space.  Also, storing up rather than out will remove the risk of trip and fall hazards.

For extra storage in  St Albert check out Riel Park RV & Self Storage.  Give one of our storage rental experts a call at 780-651-8056 to discuss your storage needs.

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