First you must be thankful for having a place to live and for the comforts that you will have. We take everything for granted and forget the blessings of having a roof over our heads.
You should look at the amenities that the apartment brings for your needs, look at the space, and how you are going to maximize each area. Remember that you come from a house to a new, different place usually with less space. Educate yourself about what is allowed, what facilities are around and if there are things or activities that you can do/use.
Visualize your belongings inside of the apartment. Make a diagram of where your things would go before you move in. Go through your belongings in each room and decide which items should be sold, which can be donated, and which should be thrown away. This includes furniture, decorations, glassware, books, jewelry, clothes, shoes, and keepsakes that we keep for years. Do you, simplify, organize and think “do I need it”? If there is something that has been stored for more than a year and you have not put it on or used it, it is time to let it go. If it is something you appreciate a lot, take a photo of it as a souvenir or try to incorporate it into the decoration of your apartment.
Try to simplify your space so that you feel comfortable and not overload it, as you also will feel overloaded. Decorating your apartment may be the last thing you do. Try to use a decoration that reflects who you are, your personality and that brings harmony to your new home. If you are not a creative person for decoration, call your friends to help you, many of them know you well and can give you some kind of suggestion. Use ideas from magazines, Pinterest or books where you can use what you already have or can restore within your budget.
Enjoy the process and think that it is a time to reorganize your life and your new environment. Moving from a house to an apartment requires a positive mindset that will help you find new ways to spend your time, discover nearby areas, and even create new hobbies. You can see it as an opportunity to rearrange your space, and to better adapt it to your lifestyle. Your apartment can and should be home sweet home.
Brenda Rivera, BSW