My downsizing story involved many moves to many cities. And those homes number eight! Above is a favorite as it represents something owned entirely by me (and the bank). It was around 2000SF. After that I was off to the Pacific Northwest, first Portland and then Seattle. The downsizing got serious in Seattle.
In this charming home, I also created an office, remodeled a kitchen and finished out the second floor as a master bedroom suite. There also was a nice patio and landscaped back yard.
Househunting in Seattle involved a condo not a single family dwelling like all my previous homes. Downsizing became serious. Ultimately I found a condo of approximately 850 SF. So, how did I do it?
My criterion involved asking myself these questions.
Do I love it? Will it Fit?
First to go was a large dining table, 60″ diameter and glass. I did keep five of the chairs though.
All the art stayed as well as my sofa. Lamps were edited. I kept the things I loved and that also functioned for my new home.
Sharing is Caring as the Saying Goes
Friends and family took on new meaning as they were recipients of barstools, a sectional and more. As a designer I purchase quality furniture so sharing my furnishings was appreciated in their new surroundings. There were also area rugs in useful sizes for another home.
Think about Where to Put and What is Useful
As I like to entertain, I found a smaller square table from a favorite vendor, Altura Furniture in Portland. And my chairs were a perfect fit too given the pedestal base.
As for ‘useful’ I’ve learned from my clients that space is sacred as is storage.
This chest from Hickory Chair serves many functions for me; two drawers, an open shelf and a pull out too. Plus great for a lamp and my plant and ever present design books. When I entertain I set up the bar and use the pullout tray.
What I Know For Sure
No more ‘kitchen congregating’ so I place food around my space and seldom do sit down as that means just 4 for dining! Instead I find places for appetizers, wine and glasses and make it easy for my guests. Entertaining is flexible. And in summer months, I expand to my outdoor patio. Plus, I’ve adopted a ‘potluck’ approach which adds to the fun.
Here’s a thought for you ~ summer is here along with warm sun and outdoor entertaining. But what about fall? Will you be updating?
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