Whether you're moving into a big city or downsizing your home after your kids have left for university, embracing a smaller home can seem like a daunting task to take on yourself.

Downsizing can be an excellent move towards greater financial security, less upkeep, and more control over your space. It's a chance to make sure everything you're bringing with you has earned its place in your home and encourages you to consider design features and personal touches that allow you to deeply connect with your new space.

If moving plans are in your near future, whether it's downsizing for a sleek condo lifestyle, or transitioning to a vibrant city, here are some valuable considerations to help you navigate downsizing and become move-in ready with confidence. (Hint: you already have everything you need!)

I'm Planning on Downsizing, But Where Do I Start?

Let's leave the stress behind us—downsizing isn't an overnight miracle. It's a timely process that benefits from a mindful and gradual approach. Rushing to decisions can lead to frustration and overlooking items that hold significance to you. A great way to minimize the stresses of moving is to start thinking about downsizing early on. This gives you time to process both emotional, and physical adjustments, and pave the way for a smooth and liberating downsizing experience!  

Assess Your Current Space

Pay attention to meaningful items that you use in your daily routine, and others that might no longer serve a purpose. This initial evaluation sets the foundation for strategic downsizing.

  • What do I use daily?
  • Does this add value to my life?
  • Does it serve a multi-functional purpose?

Set Realistic Goals

Establish realistic downsizing goals to guide your process. Determine the amount of space available in your new home and create a vision for how you want it to look and feel. What's important to you? Perhaps you have a curated collection that you're dying to put on shiny display, or you're an avid green thumb and need a dedicated space for your houseplants—everyone's needs look different.

Create a Reasonable Timeline

Mindful downsizing involves creating a timeline that aligns with your move-in date. Say you're moving into your new condo in a year and a half, you'll want to break down the process into manageable steps between now and move-in. Set milestones for decluttering, donating, and packing. A well-thought-out timeline prevents last-minute rushes and allows yourself time for thoughtful decision-making.

Will it Fit in My New Place?

In this section, let's talk about sculpting a space that resonates with your unique lifestyle. Consider your space a haven of purpose, where every item has meaningful placement and tells a unique story. Consider how each item aligns with your narrative.

Practical Significance

Explore the potential of multifunctional pieces that can optimize and compliment your living space- sleek organization is a core element of your new, modern lifestyle. Look for simple furniture or storage solutions that serve dual purposes. The Murphy Bed Blog shares amazingly practical and modern styling tips for your space, from transforming cozy reading nooks to the versatility of moveable kitchen islands.

Murphy bed is a bed that is hinged at one end to store vertically against a wall.

Repurposing Things You Already Own  

This is the time to take your nesting tables, ottomans with hidden storage, and sofa beds out of hiding. Choosing versatile pieces allows you to maximize functionality without sacrificing style, plus it makes your downsizing experience both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

After all, your new home is a fresh start, it's important to make informed decisions yet still be reasonable with yourself about your needs. Is this an opportunity to invest in multifunctional lifestyle pieces? It could be! But this is the perfect opportunity to repurpose well-loved pieces and make the space truly your own.

Who Can Help Me Decide?

It may be difficult to visualize what your future looks like in a cozier space. Seeking inspiration and connecting with others along their downsizing journey can do wonders- now it's time to get creative and find some downsizing inspiration that works for you without compromising on style or comfort.

Explore some of our favourite reads on downsizing and decluttering:

  • Marie Kondo's Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space And Achieve Your Ideal Life
  • Keep The Memories, Lose the Stuff: Declutter, Downsize, And Move Forward With Your Life

Professional Downsizing Assistance

On the other hand, maybe you're more of a listener and less of a do-er. Need assistance in a more hands-on approach? Explore the option of hiring a professional downsizing consultant. These experts specialize in simplifying the downsizing process and offer personalized organizational strategies that align with your unique needs. Their experience can be invaluable in making informed decisions about what to keep, sell, or repurpose.

Whether you opt for virtual consultations or in-person assistance, organizational support can be an absolute game-changer. This is a unique opportunity to work with someone who understands the emotional and practical aspects of downsizing.


By gradually implementing your downsizing plan, you're following a path toward a more modern, simpler, and intentional lifestyle. Bask in the beauty of purposeful living while embracing both the physical weight and emotional significance of change gracefully. May your downsizing adventure bring you not just a stylish home, but a curation of what matters most to you. Cheers to the elegance and joy of a well-curated life!