Downsizing Tips For Moving Into A New Apartment

unpacking boxes in the kitchen

Moving into a new apartment can be challenging. This is especially true when moving from a larger rental into a smaller one. Deciding what you want to take with you can be a difficult task. Even more, downsizing to ensure storage capacity can be a difficult process. However, with a little organization and planning, you can make the process of downsizing a little easier. That’s why Syringa Property Management would like to provide you with the following tips for moving into a smaller apartment.

Consider The Size Of Your New Apartment

When moving to a new apartment, it’s important to note how much space it offers. Take the time to plan where you’ll put the household items you want and need. If there isn’t enough space, you will need to cut down on some of your current possessions. 

Even more, you’ll want to ensure you have plenty of space to store additional items when you unpack. If you move into a new apartment and fill up all your storage spaces, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a bunch of old things you’ll never use.

Downsize One Room At A Time

It’s really not that hard to go through your things and identify what you use every day. This includes things like clothing, kitchen items, bathroom essentials, and more. Take the time to downsize one room at a time and discard things that you don’t use or are damaged.

Furthermore, the key to downsizing is organization. To do this, simply take an inventory of the things you currently have in each room of your current apartment. This includes things like furniture, appliances, electronics, decorations, and more. Then, ask yourself if you really need it. If you haven’t used an item in the past 12 months, then you probably don’t need it.

Rethink Stored Items

Personal belongings with sentimental value and family heirlooms should make the cut. However, there are ways to minimize the amount of space they take. For example, photo albums can be used to store photos instead of bulky frames. A small file cabinet is another good way to organize, store, and find important documents rather than keep them in separate boxes or plastic tubs that create clutter and take up space. If you absolutely have to cut down, take the time to take pictures of certain things that you love from every angle to keep as a memento before donating or giving to a friend or loved one.

Donate Or Recycle Old Items

Old, outdated items like electronic equipment can pile up in your apartment. If it’s possible to purchase a small, flat-screen TV to replace an old box one from the 90s, do it. Old electronics like phones and computers can be donated and recycled by organizations that refurbish them. As we mentioned above, if you have something that you haven’t used in the past 12 months, then you don’t need it anymore.

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Downsizing is a great opportunity to reassess the importance of the things you own. This is especially true when starting fresh in a new apartment. During the downsizing process, you’re more than likely to discover that you won’t really miss half the things that have been weighing you down over the years.

At Syringa Property Management, we hope you consider these downsizing tips for moving into a smaller apartment. If you need help searching for the perfect new home, contact us by filling out our online form or give us a call at (208) 336-4610. With properties in Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, we oversee a diverse collection of apartment rentals across the U.S.