In Walnut Creek, we have a lot of seniors who look to downsize the family home to rightsize their present lifestyles. Well, regardless if a senior is rightsizing into a condo, townhouse, smaller home, or assisted care community, the smaller space can take a minute to adjust to. Below are 3 downsizing design tips to help the transition;
1. Get a feel for the size of your new rooms by comparing them to rooms of similar dimensions in your present home. For instance, your living-room-to-be might be roughly the same size as your current bedroom. You may think you can squeeze in two sofas, but this kind of reality check could help you realize that only one will fit comfortably.
2. Don’t throw anything in the garbage. Recycle, reuse, sell and donate instead. As tempting and easy as it is to pitch wire hangers, musty clothes and shabby furnishings, be environmentally responsible and find a home for everything. Donating gently used goods is a great way to give back and makes giving certain things up less emotional.
3. Use floor plans to prearrange your furniture before the move. This is another useful reality check. To start, draw plans if you don’t have any, and sketch in a furniture layout. Then look at the plans realistically; if you’ve crammed in side tables, armories and chairs, you need to edit more. Knowing what you’re getting into a head of time is a huge help during a time of transition, making a move feel less overwhelming.