Whether you're empty-nesters looking to downsize or wanting to move closer to the CBD, moving from a house to an apartment can be tricky! What do you do with all the oversized furniture and that shed full of garden supplies? But if you plan ahead, you can reduce the anxiety and create a stylish home you’ll love without missing a thing!

Read on for our tips to getting organised and making the process of downsizing a little easier.

Think about your lifestyle needs
Determining your lifestyle needs before moving or even before finding your next home will really help you decide what’s important for this next chapter of your life. Do you need an office or simply a study nook with a desk? Will that 8-seater dining table be used or will a smaller table be more practical? What lifestyle do you want to embrace?

Change your habits
When you’re downsizing, storage can be one of the biggest adjustments. The more room you have, the more things you collect to fill it. You’ll soon discover all the items you have stored away in boxes but haven’t looked at years. This can actually be very beneficial when you cull all the unnecessary items in your life. By decluttering it can help reduce stress and anxiety as well as boost productivity and creativity.

Play with your floorplan
It’s hard to see what furniture pieces will and won’t fit without getting out your floorplan. Measure up the pieces you would like to take with you and draw them on to the plan. Before you think about getting rid of antiques, furniture or homewares consider auctioning some items. Who knows what you might get for that old china set or silverware that’s just collecting dust.

Smart storage solutions
If you’re looking at investing in new furniture, try and find multiuse pieces. Buffets are great for storage but also a statement piece perfect for decorating with sentimental possessions. Beds with pull out draws are a genius storage solution where you can hide away those extra sheets.

Embrace the new perks
While you might be losing square footage, there are a lot of new benefits of apartment living. Many apartment buildings feature enviable amenities so you can ditch that gym membership. Everything’s at your doorstep so why not take advantage of Melbourne’s transport system. And most importantly, having less space to clean and maintain will leave you more time to do the things you really enjoy!

Looking to make the change yourself? Speak with our friendly team today. We’re here to help you find the perfect place to call home!