Whether you're an empty nester, looking for a different lifestyle, or are trying to save money on bills and invest in other things, moving from a house to an apartment can be a mixture of exciting and overwhelming.
According to NerdWallet, you can save about $205 per month by renting instead of owning a home. Of course, apartment living comes with many other benefits, as well, from zero maintenance to plenty of neat amenities for you to enjoy.
However, you may be wondering how you're going to manage to cram your life into a smaller space. Here are five tips for moving from a house to an apartment.
Take Inventory of What You Have
Before you begin packing everything into boxes, take a look around at your belongings. Obviously, you probably won't be able to bring everything with you.
Determine the essential items that will definitely go with you to your new place and those that can be left behind. You may be surprised at how much stuff you've accumulated over the years that you no longer want or need.
You might also realize there are lots of items you're on the fence about. Taking the time to plan accordingly and sift through what you have is the first essential step in moving to an apartment.
Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
Getting rid of old furniture or possessions can stir up attached memories and emotions for many homeowners. On the flip side, downsizing has several advantages and can give you the sense of moving forward with a clean slate.
Either way, you know you're going to have to let some things go. Creating separate piles of items that are staying, being donated, or tossed in the bin is an excellent way to determine what fits into the next chapter of your life.
With each item, ask yourself if you want to give it to someone you know, throw it out, donate it to Goodwill, sell it, or even put it in storage.
Measure Everything to Make Sure It Will Fit
Most likely, your apartment living room and bedrooms will be relatively tighter than what you're used to, so make sure you measure your furniture in advance.
If your furniture is too big for the apartment, you may luck out by selling it or consigning it. Whatever money you get can then go towards new pieces that'll work better for you.
Buying something new will also allow you to upgrade your decor and change your style entirely if you choose.
Decide How You’re Going to Move Your Stuff
Once you've gotten rid of what you don't need, you should think about how you're going to get your belongings to your new place.
Although it can be costly, there are many opportunities to make your move more affordable at this stage. Some things to consider are:
Will you hire a moving company, or rent a truck or van? Do your research and compare prices.
Ask your friends and family to help you.
Use self-storage or find free temporary storage for your belongings, such as a friend’s attic or basement.
Use plastic containers, dressers, cabinets, and nightstands to pack some of your belongings.
Check your grocery store for free moving boxes to use.
Take Advantage of Apartment Amenities
Realize that unboxing your life can be just as stressful as the move itself. But after you begin to settle in, you can enjoy the perks of apartment living.
Many apartment facilities offer pools, fitness centers, common areas, rooftop gardens, classes, clubs, and loads of other amenities.
Remember to take a break, relax, and explore everything your new place has to offer. You may even meet your neighbors and find people willing to lend a hand.
Enjoy Your Fresh Start
Keep an open mind and embrace this new beginning. Even if having a house meant more room to spread out, apartment living offers plenty of things you didn't have before: more freedom, extra savings, and fewer responsibilities. Now's your chance to live the simpler life you've always dreamed of.
Author Bio: Cora Gold is an avid writer who loves to share her experiences with life, family, home, and more with others who share her passions. She is the Editor-in-Chief for Revivalist magazine and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.