Downsizing: How to Adjust to Apartment Living

Downsizing: How to Adjust to Apartment Living

Downsizing is a great way to get you prepared for a move. It’s especially important when it comes to moving into an apartment, the square footage of which is likely smaller than your previous space. You should give yourself plenty of time to declutter and pace yourself, going room by room so you don’t feel overwhelmed throughout the process. Likely, your end goal is to be able to bring your things into a new space and make feel like home. Here are some tips to help you out!

Ask Yourself Some Questions

Downsizing and moving into a new apartment space could bring up various emotions. You can ask yourself some questions to help guide you through this mindset and make it a more positive process. Why are you downsizing, for instance? Likely so that your things will fit comfortably in your new space and it won’t be overwhelming. What opportunities will this move create? Maybe you’ll be closer to friends and family, or perhaps it will be easier on your finances. Focusing on the good things will help you feel energized and optimistic about the opportunity.

Measure Out Your New Space

Part of downsizing the amount of items you own is tied to the smaller space you will be living in. Take time to go through with a tape measurer and notebook so you can identify the specific measurements of the new space you are working with. This will allow you to ensure your existing furniture can fit, but also give you the chance to get rid of what you don’t need, such as a dining room table or oversized chair. You can determine the new items you’ll need so you can make thoughtful purchases and still feel like you are making this new apartment your own.

Unpack Thoughtfully

Getting accustomed to your new space, such as seeing where things will fit and how you want to organize them, is part of moving in. Start with unpacking your bedroom, it will be a calm and serene place for you to relax from the big move and likely has the least amount of difficulty unpacking due to mostly being linens, clothes, and smaller items. As for the other areas of the apartment, give yourself a timeline, perhaps three days, to unpack the rest of your belongings. It will give you time to appreciate the effort you put into downsizing.

Decorate it to Feel Like Home

Although you are likely getting rid of some collectables and knick-knacks, there is still room for your unique design preferences and personality in a new space. Make corners and shelves feel like your own with items that feel like home to you. If you have a collection, ensure you only bring the favourites to have on display. Use colours and patterns you love to complete the look. 


After you have settled into your new apartment, invite friends and family over to see the new space. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and make the space feel homey. If you are downsizing and looking for an apartment, CLV Group has many rentals across Ontario, B.C., and Quebec to suit your needs. Contact us for their availability, or to discuss your needs!

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