Tips for Downsizing and Condo Living
Whether you are downsizing from a large home to enjoy amazing lakefront condominium living or are purchasing your first condominium, learning to get the most out of your condo living experience takes time and effort. Enjoying your condo amenities and neighbourhood surroundings is just the beginning; what you do inside your condo can make a real difference.
If, like many 50+ retired people and seniors, you are moving from a larger single family home into a condo, there is obviously a size difference and you will need to downsize your possessions, but maybe not as much as you think. The trick to keeping as much as you want in a condo is truly using the space to your advantage by ensuring you use all the space in a smart way. This could mean contacting a condo closet, decorating and storage specialist that can help you design your space with extra storage in mind, yet keep the aesthetically appealing layout that many upscale condominiums have to offer.
First you will need to go through your current possessions and make a few hard choices. Downsizing to a condo from a large home gives you a chance to donate and sell items that have not been used in over two years, de-cluttering your life. Make four piles for your belongings, keep, sell, donate and throw-away. Start with the things that are obvious that you will not need in a smaller condominium apartment. Things like your garage full of lawn care and snow removal items. Go to the kitchen next as there will probably be a lot of cast off items that have not been used in a long time, but you keep ‘just in case’.
With a storage locker and the right way to maximize the space in your new home, you will be able to keep more than you think.
Maximize your space
Certain tricks could include buying furniture that has a dual purpose of functionality and storage capacity, like ottomans or beds with under-the-bed storage drawers or compartments. Floor to ceiling shelving maximizes your vertical space for storage and used judiciously can still give maximum appeal to your new space.
In the kitchen, vertical usage of space means hanging things that you use on a daily basis, such as a chic stainless rack for hanging your pots and placing knives on a wall rack instead of in a block on your counter. In living areas, take advantage of your display cabinets by ensuring they have display space in the front and storage space in the back allowing for dual functionality.
Purchase the Right Size
Of course the last tip for condominium living is to go bigger rather than smaller. An extra bedroom can easily be made into a guest bedroom slash office or craft room with ease. Yet buying a one bedroom and realizing you do not have the room you wanted is a much more difficult problem to solve.
If you’re considering retiring and downsizing; or moving into your very first home, remember that condo life should give you the best conveniences of urban living – ideally with the amazing surroundings that waterfront areas in Ontario have to offer. If you want to move to the Hamilton/Niagara region with it’s easy access to golf, beaches, walking trails and shopping, then consider southern Ontario’s gem, Grimsby Ontario. Waterview Condominiums (right) has opened Phase 2 of it’s luxury condo development in Grimsby. Wheelchair accessible condominium apartments with amenities that will appeal to all ages including young singles or families, to fifty-plus retiree wannabe’s, and senior citizens.
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