Moving into an apartment? Your new home may have less square footage or storage than you are used to. This means assessing your furnishings and finding ways to best utilize your new living space.
Our team at All Service Moving has these tips for maximizing your new space.
One of the best ways to save space is to shed unneeded items before you move. If you don’t use something regularly, don’t take it with you.
Sorting your possessions beforehand will save you the hassle of deciding what to keep once you’ve moved in, and help eliminate clutter. You can donate items for a tax credit, or utilize a storage unit for belongings you may potentially want in the future.
Doing the downsizing in advance will give you a fresh start in your new space in addition to the bonus of saving money on your move.
Leading up to a move, it might be tempting to buy new furniture. Even if you know the exact square footage and dimensions of the apartment, there are other things to consider. Window placement, wall color, doorways, and flooring materials can influence your choice of furniture size and style.
Purchasing new items after your move will also save you time and money, since you won’t pay to ship and move these items twice.
Want some help arranging your furniture? There’s an app for that! These apps and kits are great ways to try different placements before you even move in.
Shelving, cabinets, chests, and dressers are excellent options for making the most of your new apartment’s space.
Once you’ve relocated and are ready to purchase new furnishings, you may want to opt for double-duty storage furniture. Many coffee tables, bed frames, benches and end tables come with drawers or compartments, which you can use to store your belongings.
Folding, or storable furniture, such as tables or chairs, can also give you the flexibility for entertaining, while keeping your day-to-day space uncluttered.
Utilizing vertical space to showcase decor items such as family photos, mementos and books can help maximize limited space. Floating shelves not only look good, but are a great way to increase storage while displaying your possessions.
Mirrors are also an excellent way to create the appearance of a more open environment and increase light in a room. Whether you’re decorating a studio apartment, a one-bedroom, or a loft, mirrors will make your home look much larger than it is. For added light, hang mirrors on walls opposite from the windows in your home.
Before buying something new, ask yourself three questions: Do I really need this? Does it make me happy? Is it an investment, or an item that I will want to keep long-term?
Your new apartment is likely not the last stop in your dwelling route. Keeping new purchases and possessions to a minimum can help you keep your space tidy and open, as well as save you money and time the next time you relocate.
Hiring a full-service moving company enables you to better plan your timeline as well as get help from the pros.
Our Portland and Seattle movers are experienced, friendly, and professional. In addition to providing the heavy lifting and transport for your local or long-distance relocation, we offer moving supplies and storage solutions to help simplify your transition.
Get in touch with All Service Moving today to schedule your upcoming move.
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