Sometimes, when it’s time to move into a retirement community or new home, downsizing is needed. While tedious and time-consuming, it can reduce your moving costs as well as eliminate anything that you don’t want to bring with you.
How Much Downsizing Is Needed?
Depending on your new space, you might have enough room for everything that you currently own. But you still will want to get rid of items that you no longer want or use. You can always donate them to friends or a charity organization. But how much downsizing do you actually need to do?
If you’re moving into a Mansions Senior Independent Living community, you may be able to bring a lot with you. Many of our senior apartment floor plans are spacious and appropriate for family gatherings. They even have large walk-in closets for all your clothing!
On a larger scale, The Mansions at Gwinnett Park Senior Independent Living offers full-size cottages and villas so downsizing will rarely be necessary. We also understand the need to keep a lot of sentimental items, treasures, memorabilia, and keepsakes. That’s why many of our spaces have ample amounts of storage space.
That being said, you may still want downsize a bit. But deciding what to keep and what to toss can be difficult. We recommend taking advantage of free room planners.
Use A Room Planner
A popular online room planner program is PlanYourRoom. It is free and easy to use, and it allows you to create a mockup of different rooms. This is a fantastic way to make sure all your furniture and decorative items will fit while still maintaining comfortable walking space.
Many furniture companies also offer free room planning apps so you can see how the sofa, couch, or table will look beside all your existing furniture.
Tips for Decorating Your New Home
Now that you know that your items will fit nicely into your new apartment, here are some tips to make the most of the space.
Install Wall or Ceiling Mounted Lighting
To conserve floor area, consider purchasing wall- or ceiling-mounted lighting. They will free up space to put a side table, couch, or plant. Also, because they’re wall mounted, there’s lower risk of lamps falling over when nudged.
Get Creative with Furniture Elevations
The best way to make your senior living space look bigger and dynamic is to play with furniture elevation. Having low seating areas will give the illusion of higher ceilings. Try adding a low coffee or mini side table next to a comfortable couch. You’ll find your home looks a lot more open.
An inexpensive and easy way to make a room feel more open is to add a large mirror. Look for stylish mirrors at local department, thrift, or antique stores. You can find a full list of local antique stores in Georgia here.
Strategically placing mirror around your space can make rooms look larger due to reflected light.
Make Use of Multip-Purpose FurnitureMake Use of Multipurpose Furniture
Although there is already a lot of storage space available in Mansions Senior Living apartments, it never hurts to have more. To increase your storage space, get a bed with a pull-out drawers, ottomans that flip open, or chests that act as tables. Having numerous storage options will guarantee enough space for all your seasonal clothing items (assuming your walk-in closets are already filled!).
Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
When decorating senior apartments, always let the natural sunlight in whenever possible. If the light is too harsh, soften it with translucent or sheer curtains. The sunlight helps rooms feel airy and brighter.
Keep a Cohesive Color Scheme
Pinterest is a great source for color schemes. Stick to three to five main colors or shades, and feel free to add a pop of color. Alternatively, if you like more monochromatic color schemes, plants can help liven up a room without clashing with the rest of the décor.
Pro tip: get fake plants if you don’t have a green thumb.
Want to See More?
Preview some of our bedroom designs and kitchen design ideas on our photos page here.