Downsizing is an act that occurs out of necessity sometimes and out of choice at others. You might move into an urban area where rental costs mean you have to live in a smaller apartment, or you might move into a more modest apartment because you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of living in a huge space.
If you’re thinking about downsizing in your next apartment, here are some things to think about as you make your decision and start scouting out new places to live.
Can You Live in a Studio Apartment?
The ultimate act of downsizing is to move into a studio apartment, but this lifestyle change isn’t for everyone. You can certainly reduce your rental costs and the additional money you spend each month by reducing your existence to a studio apartment, but it does take some significant changes as far as what furniture you can own and how you entertain with guests.
U.S. News offers some insight if you decide to downsize to a studio:
“Take accurate measurements of each room in your new home to find out what you can fit inside the rooms before you start moving your furniture. Next, compare those figures to the dimensions of your furniture. If your new place is really tiny, you may need a smaller bed or couch.”
Moving into a studio apartment means more than just giving up your couch. You might also need to switch your bed from a traditional mattress to a futon or something similar that can act as a bed at night and a couch during the day. One of the most useful changes that you can make is to buy furniture that doubles up in how you can use it.
Always choose ottomans with storage inside and make sure that your end table (and even your bed) has storage somewhere under it or around it.
Pay Attention to the Design of Your New Home
Downsizing to a smaller apartment isn’t solely about getting rid of your extra items and making everything fit in an apartment with a small footprint. It also means making choices in the style and color of your residence. The colors you choose can have a dramatic impact on whether your apartment feels spacious or cramped.
Website moving.com recommends choosing a color scheme when you downsize:
“The beauty of living in a smaller space means that you won’t have as many rooms to paint, but using different colors will provide your room with some differentiation where you can opt to paint your kitchen space differently than where you sleep to offer an illusion of space and separation.”
Despite the fact that you’re not an interior design guru and you don’t really care too much about the colors that surround you, it’s still a helpful exercise to put some basic thought into your future home’s colors.
Even if you can’t paint the walls and are restricted on the changes you can make, it’s still a good idea to make careful choices for the colors of furniture and other features that you choose for your new place.
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