Sometimes things in our life change and we find ourselves in need of a different living situation than before. But of course, it’s a pretty big adjustment for anyone to make. 

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Things are different in an apartment – you will most likely have less space to work with, not as many rooms as before, and you will be licing closer to your neighbors. Depending on the apartment building you move to, you might also need to put up with some level of noise that just wasn’t there when you were living in your own home. Of course, these are all things that you would need to keep in mind when you move

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Preparing for your new living situation before you actually move there is only going to make the transition easier. This can include knowin in advance what you can keep and what you can’t, and much more. Keep reading to find out about all the things that you need to know before moving into an apartment. 

You Will Need to Downsize 

In most cases, you will have to get used to having less space than you did before – this would obviously mean getting rid of certain stuff from your home by either giving it away or selling it. Here are things that can help you decide what to keep and what to give away: 

  • When you’re looking at apartments on the UMoveFree website and other websites, keep the current size of your home in mind and compare it to the new place you’re getting – you can even get measurements for the rooms in your new place or go check it out yourself to see what would fit and what won’t. 
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  • You might decide that none of the furniture you have right now is suitable for your new home. If the space is too small, chances are that you would need to buy new stuff that doesn’t take up too much floor space. Do away with the wise couch that’s too big for you anyway and see if you can get a smaller chair or a love seat instead. If you sell your furniture, you can use the money to buy new things that suit your apartment more. 
  • You can also invest in storage for some of the things you don’t want to part with. Thai includes clothes, old family albums and the other stuff in your attic, furniture from a nursery you don’t want to give away just yet but don’t have use for, and much more. 

How Will You Get Mail? 

Living in a house usually means that you get stuff delivered right at your doorstep. But different apartment buildings have their own way of dealing with the mail – some have a collection center with post boxes for each apartment that people can use, others have a separate address for each apartment and parcels still get delivered to your door just like before. 

You might also need to ask about what happens to your parcels if you’re not present to get them – does building management hang on to them for you or not?

Decorating Small Spaces is Different 

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Like we’ve mentioned before, you might need whole new furniture for your smaller apartment. This is because unlike in most houses, preserving floor space is a priority. You need to avoid any furniture bigger than what it absolutely has to be, and avoid things like rugs and carpets. 

The decor for small spaces is different too – you can’t cover table tops and counters with vases and sculptures because it’s easy for the room to go from ddecorated to messy that way. Wall art becomes your friend, and you might even want to use things like removable wall paper if you’re moving into a rented apartment. 

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