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Making the Most of Smaller Spaces: Tips for Seniors Rightsizing to Senior Living Apartment Homes

Seniors hanging wall art

If you’re a senior considering downsizing, you may be wondering how to maximize comfort and functionality in a cozy space. With the right strategies and some creativity, you can make the most out of smaller spaces. Here are some tips to guide you on your rightsizing journey:

1. Declutter and rightsize your belongings.
This is the most important step no matter what size the space. Bid farewell to items you no longer use, need, or love. You may want to consider donating items to charity, selling them online, or giving them to friends and family. The less you have, the more room you’ll have to enjoy the things that truly matter.

2. Opt for compact furniture.
When choosing furniture for your new apartment, look for pieces that are scaled to your space. Be on the lookout for furniture that can serve multiple purposes, such as a coffee table with built-in storage or a bed with storage underneath.

3. Use vertical space to your advantage.
Elevate your organization game by utilizing vertical space. You can use hanging baskets and organizers to store items on the backs of doors or in closets. Maximizing wall space will free up valuable floor space.

4. Zone your space.
Divide your apartment home into distinct areas for different activities using furniture and rugs. This will create a sense of spaciousness and organization, making your apartment feel larger and more organized.

But wait, there’s more! Here are some bonus space-saving ideas and decorating tips for senior apartment living:

5. Use clear storage bins.
Utilizing transparent storage containers will help keep your belongings visible and organized.

6. Label storage containers.
Labeling your storage containers makes it effortless to find what you need when you need it.

7. Store seasonal items in a closet or storage unit.
This will free up space in your apartment home for daily essentials.

8. Use under-bed storage.
Make the most out of the space beneath your bed. It’s a great place to store items such as luggage, out-of-season clothes, and extra bedding.

Enhance your apartment with these additional decorating tips.

Light colors and patterns

Light colors and patterns will make your space appear more open and feel brighter.

Strategically placed mirrors can help to reflect light and create an illusion of a larger space.

Artwork and photos
Personalize your apartment with artwork and photos to add personality and visual interest to your space.

Indoor plants
Bring your apartment home to life with indoor plants, adding even more freshness and vibrancy to your space.

By incorporating these strategies and tips into your rightsizing journey, you can craft a comfortable and functional space within your new senior living apartment home.

At John Knox Village Life Plan Community in Lee’s Summit, MO, we have more than 70 floor plans to choose from, so you’re sure to find the right senior living floor plan for your lifestyle.

Contact a senior living consultant or call (816) 251-8000 today to review floor plans, learn more about available
apartment homes, and schedule a tour of John Knox Village.