Measure What Will Fit

Last month we looked at “I” of S-I-M-P-L-I-F-Y your downsize or move. We considered how the downsizing process is a great time to “Imagine” our new stage in life and to make our possessions align.

This month we consider the “M” or Measure what will fit.

Whether you are moving to a new place or simply downsizing in your current home you need to figure out what will fit comfortably in your home as well as what will fit your needs.

If you are moving, it can be hard to know exactly what will fit in your new place. There are a few ways to figure this out.

  • Do the math: If you are moving from a 2,000 sq. ft. home to a 1,000 sq. ft. place, you can see that approximately half of what you currently have in your home will fit into your new home.
  • Create a floor plan on graph paper using the scale of 1 square equals 1 foot, then begin to measure your furniture and sketch it on the plan. It is very important that when creating a floor plan you remember to allow enough room (3 ft. or 3 squares) for walking around and between items as well as pulling out chairs. Make sure to make note of which way the doors open and where the windows and electrical or cable outlets are located so you don’t block them with furniture placement.
  • Recreate your new place in your present home to get a feel for what will fit. Using blue painter’s tape (which can be easily & safely removed), create a taped room outline on your present floor following the new space measurements.  With the use of furniture glides and the help of a friend, slide the furniture you hope to include in that room into the taped area.  Now check to see that there is enough room to walk through the room and that it does not feel too crowded.  Pay attention to the location of the entrance and the path of traffic flow, making sure there is adequate space to safely move around.

If you are staying in your current home, you still need to think through the quantity and placement of your furniture and possessions. As we age we have different needs which can affect the way we set up our homes. Perhaps for safe footing or for use of a walker you may need to increase the areas for walking or maybe you need to accommodate a caregiver or family member who will be staying over. Possibly you just want a little more breathing room and less chaos around. Looking at your home and its layout will be helpful to make sure these needs are met.

As we look at how to SIMPLIFY a downsize , don’t forget to take time to figure out what furniture and items are best in your home whether you have been there 50 years or you are just moving in.

 ©  2018 Beth Giles

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