Moving into your first apartment is an exciting time filled with new furniture, décor, and kitchen equipment. However, transitioning to an apartment from a home or larger space can be a stressful challenge. From sorting through furniture and belongings to adjusting to apartment life, the change can take some time to get used to.
Transitioning from a Home to an Apartment
Sort Through Your Belongings
The best place to begin is by taking inventory of what you own. Consider what you won’t be able to use at your new apartment, like outdoor furniture, large power tools, and grills, and donate or sell them. Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army are happy to accept donations and a garage sale is a great way to sell items you no longer want or need. If you choose to have a garage sale, the extra money may be enough to pay for a moving service or other costs related to moving.
Before you get rid of larger pieces of furniture, take measurements in your new apartment. You may actually have room for that dining table and chairs you can’t bare to part with. On the other hand, you might have to downsize from a king size bed to a queen, otherwise you won’t have room for your end tables. Downsizing to an apartment naturally comes with some sacrifices.
Double Duty Décor
There is a lot of furniture that also doubles as storage or has multiple uses. Ottomans can open up to reveal storage, act as a seat or foot rest, or be your new coffee table. Beds with built in storage provide the perfect place to keep blankets, seasonal clothing, extra pillows, and sheets.
A sleeper sofa is great option if you don’t have a guest room or you’re just looking to have multiple guests stay over at a time. Thankfully, sleeper sofas have gone from less than appealing and uncomfortable to beautiful statement pieces that guests are happy to sleep on.
If you know you’ll be downsizing to an apartment in the next 6-12 months, start slimming down your belongings now. By starting early, you’ll be less overwhelmed and stressed as the move gets closer. You’ll have more time to host several garage sales, sell some items online, and make donation runs to local charities.
If you’re looking to downsize but don’t have an apartment yet, schedule a tour of Hawthorne Gardens today! Our 1 and 2-bedroom apartments are large and spacious, allowing you more room for your favorite furniture and personal belongings. Amenities such as a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness center are just some of the perks you’ll experience when you call Hawthorne Gardens home.
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