Here’s how to downsize from a big house to a two-bedroom condo. First, edit by deciding what you love best, have a floor plan for the new place. These are the five steps that we used for my sister this year.
Downsizing is something many families experience. I wanted to show you the five steps that my sister and I used to get her happily settled into her new, much smaller home.
My sister, Teresa, and mother shared a large home in the San Diego suburbs. After my mom died, my sister decided it was time for a fresh start in a fun environment. It’s not easy. It was a lot of work, but here is what we did.
1. To Downsize From A Big House: Decide What You Love Best
Teresa made a list of everything that she loved and/or had meaning to her. So, those were the things we prioritized to make work.
2. Have A Floor Plan
The main reason for this is to make sure you have room. The floor plan told us that there wasn’t room for her big dining table or coffee table. It’s misleading to see empty rooms in your new place. It makes it seem bigger than it really is.
Remember how in a small space, mirrors can enlarge it!
This smaller marble table is a better fit in the smaller room.
3. Give Away To Family, Friends, and Charities, And Store As Little As Possible
Teresa offered things to the family to take. In my case, I got my mother’s dresser (which we refinished here to give it an updated look) and our daughter took the dining room table.
Her friend, Linda, took two custom-made club chairs that used to be mine. Another friend, Bree, took the blue and white curtains that I was storing there from my first One Room Challenge. It makes us happy that they can use them (and Teresa can see them when she visits).
Teresa got a small storage unit for the large coffee table and some other things…but she is actually thinking of clearing that out now that she has lived without them for a few months.
4. Mix Old With New
On the list of what was important to Teresa were our mother’s antique mirror and Paris prints. She also loves the rug that she bought in Turkey and an antique Chinese vase (you can see it in the mirror’s reflection).
Since you are going to downsize and have a smaller space, every seat should be comfortable and feel fresh and homey. If you are in the San Diego area and go to the Pottery Barn at UTC, ask for Karen. She has been a big help to us.
This white bench (formerly in her bedroom) makes a nice spot by the front door to remove shoes and store them in the lidded basket. The lumbar pillow adds a nice pop of color.
Shop The Living Room
5. Start Entertaining!
Look at Teresa’s view and the pool in the complex! No wonder she has already had several guests and parties.
There is a large penthouse living room that is open to the building’s residents. We went up there with wine recently…
Good job, Teresa, making the big life change of moving and downsizing from a big house. I’m so proud of you and I’d like to borrow your cute, new pants.