Divorce often leads to moving out, and when you aren’t living with as many people, or if you endure the cost of an expensive divorce downsizing might be the best option. However, downsizing doesn’t mean you can’t be living in an amazing space that feels just like home.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 popular tips and tricks to make your new, slightly smaller space, feel just like home.
1. A Garage Sale
Downsizing means you will likely have a lot of extra furniture and households items that you just do not have space for anymore. Holding a garage sale is a great idea for getting rid of your extra things, while also pocketing some money for them.
Garage sales can be fun too, get your kids to help out by setting up a lemonade stand or if they are older they can man the checkout table. Believe it or not, there are a few ways you can increase the success of your garage sale, such as offering free items or naming it an “estate sale." You can check out Canadian Living's article for more information about garage sale tips, and here for Health Canada facts for garage sale vendors.
2. DIY Picture Frames
Thinking of purchasing new photo frames? There’s no need to waste money on photo frames for your new space. By purchasing a bottle of spray paint and a replacing the photo inside your frames with a printable insert you can have basically new frames for a quarter of the price.
For spray paint, we recommend using a primer first, then painting it with a chalk paint. Rustoleum offers a great variety of spray paints for all surfaces.
3. Wall Colours
A fresh coat of paint will open up space and can make any room appear larger. Contrary to popular belief that using a solid, light colour is the best option to make a bedroom appear decluttered and spacey, there really is no set in stone rules. HGTV has outlined several useful tips for choosing a paint colour for your new home. HGTV states one of the best ways to expand a space is with very clear colors, says designer Mark McCauley, ASID, author of Interior Design for Idiots. "Choose a palette of sharper colors as opposed to duller ones. Sharp as in bright chintzes mixed with colorful plaids or really hot reds and electric blues, yellows, and greens (with plenty of air between the pieces). Color combinations with negative space in between will enhance the space's clarity and openness.
4. Smart Storage
Take advantage of all the space your home has to offer by creating storage in unconventional places. There's an opportunity to create room for storage in even the least conventional areas or items of your house.
5. Strategic Curtains
The colour, and hanging of curtains can make a big difference on the way your bedroom looks. By hanging your curtains above and beside the window, it can increase the size of a room.
Another pro-tip is to hang the curtains beside the window to maximize the size of your window and make it look as large as possible.
In terms of the colour of your curtains, vertically striped patterns will make the walls appear taller. If you are opting for solid coloured curtains then be sure to choose a neutral colour that compliments the furniture and paint shade already in the room.
6. Magic Mirror(s) on the Wall
Mirrors are another easy way of making it appear as though your space is larger than it is. Although mirrors can be expensive, especially if you are looking for a mirror to fill an entire space, there are some low cost alternatives such as the Ikea "lot" mirror pack for $10. Purchase a few packs of these mirrors and use them to fill up space on a wall to recreate a look similar to the above photos.
7. Make the most of Outdoor Space
Smaller spaces feel a lot more spacey when there is some outdoor space. Even if you have just a patio, it will make a huge difference if the patio is an area you can sit on and enjoy some fresh air on. Ikea sells amazing outdoor privacy screens that can be used for patios that overlook a busy area. Have fun styling your patio and get creative with colourful seating, and plants for a summery atmosphere.
8. Place Furniture Strategically
Yes, your new home isn't as big as it once was but one of the reasons it may feel smaller is due to the way you are currently placing your furniture. Fow's furniture recently wrote a blog post that explains the best way to position certain pieces of furniture for each bedroom, the blog highlights some interested points like instead of centering the sofa in the living room, place an end table in one corner of the room and push the couch up against the wall next to it.
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