People living in smaller places is becoming more of the norm these days. Tiny houses, minimalist apartments – people are beginning to forgo the days of living in expansive spaces and instead are electing to live in domiciles that are convenient, more affordable and easier to manage.

For many who are looking to make the switch, however – there are some challenges. Moving into a smaller space requires more than few changes for some and that’s what we’re here to discuss today.

Here are some things to consider as you transition to your small apartment.

It’s got to be the right place

You really need to take the time to consider whether this decision you’re making is the right one. While small apartments are the peak of practicality, they’re also best suited for people who live on their own, or don’t have pets. If you’re a collector or anything – then small apartments might not be for you.

On the other hand, if you’re someone who doesn’t dwell on stuff; who can live with very little in their private life – then this is a great opportunity. They’re also very underrated as starter pads – meaning they’re a great place if you’re moving into a new community where you don’t have roots and don’t feel like making a significant investment long-term.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to downsize, just make sure you’re taking your lifestyle into serious consideration.

Maximizing space

We tell clients to look at small spaces a lot like the old video game ‘Tetris’ – vertical pieces go into vertical spaces. Horizontal pieces – they go into horizontal places. At the end of the day – you want your things to take up as little space as possible – allowing you to utilize your surroundings more efficiently.

Another thing to keep in mind is to have proper storage space in the places where said storage is needed. This is really important near places like the front door (shoes, jackets and the like) and in the kitchen/cooking area (pots/pans/dishes). Not only is this important for raw functionality of these areas of your home, but also helps you move around more freely.

Be mindful of your bedroom and the space within. You can store clothes in an ottoman moonlighting as a bed – or have pull out draws that serve as makeshift closets. Always be thinking of how you’ll store the most important stuff in the most efficient way possible.

Planning makes perfect

At the end of the day – whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, de-cluttering can be one of the most challenging aspects of moving. When it comes to moving into a smaller space however, it can be even tougher.

It’s important however, to think of it as an opportunity for a fresh start. Take some time to make your decisions and look forward to your fresh, new beginning.