As the economy toughens, many families and individuals seek ways to lower their expenses. This might include simplifying their life and downsizing to a smaller residence. If moving to an apartment from a house, there is the issue of finding space for all your belongings — especially if your former house had more square footage. A smaller place can save you money each month and ease financial stress. Here are a few tips to help you deal with limited space when moving to an apartment from a house.
1. Give your furniture to charity: Not only can you help a needy family, but you might be able to write off items that you donate to a local charity. There are organizations that accept furniture, clothes, appliances, kitchenware and a host of other household items.
2. Have a sale: Whether you have a yard sale to unload some of your belongings or post items for sale in the paper, selling items that won’t fit into your new place can generate extra cash. When moving to an apartment, you can put this extra money toward the security deposit or application fee.
3. Rent a storage unit: If you’re not ready to part with your belongings, or if you’re moving to an apartment on a temporary basis, rent an indoor storage facility. You can safely store your belongings in the unit, and with temperature-controlled units, you don’t have to worry about extreme temperatures.