A view of our entry and dining area: built in mudroom cubbies contain the kids backpacks and clutter.

A chest in the dining room stores necessary table linens as well as homework items.

The oval table and curved bench maximize space without hard edges to bump in to!

Downsizing can become overwhelming. Some have trouble parting with cherished items and some get rid of so many things that they lack the needed essentials in a new space.

I am currently working with clients downsizing to a 1600 square foot city space from a larger home.

Questions to ask yourself:

What do you have to take? Are you a cook? Do you  have hobbies that require space? How do you spend your time? What types of activities are a must in your home? Do you need a table for entertaining and storage for dishes and glasses?

Will you need a desk and work space in the smaller home? Where will you store files and important paper work?

Will you live in the smaller space year round? How will you store luggage, winter clothing, or sports gear?

How many people would you like to seat in the new space? Planning your living area and dining area around your needs will allow you to examine any unused spaces for extra storage.

Do you have items that you no longer use? Getting rid of excess clothing, shoes, paperwork, pots and pans, magazines and books can help decrease the amount of storage that you need. The same goes for linens and towels. Keep the best and donate the rest!

Consider carefully how the space will be used.  One of my neighbors knew that their den would need to pull double duty as a guest room and art studio! She designed a murphy bed system with a pull out desk and storage system for art supplies as well as having a “Sky tube” installed for natural lighting since they were located on the top floor of our building.

Taking time to plan ahead can make your space pretty as well as practical.