Home Decorating Ideas For Moving Into A Smaller Home

Posted by: Gail VanKleeck  |  Date: 06/10/2014

Home Decorating Ideas for Moving to a Smaller Home

My name is Gail Van Kleeck.  I’m The Home Decorating Fairy Godmother and the President of Dover Interiors.  One of the things I love about my work is giving home decorating ideas to people who are moving into smaller surroundings.

People who are moving into a smaller home often feel completely overwhelmed.  Beyond leaving a familiar place that may hold precious memories, they worry about how they can fit the things they love into a much smaller space.

Gathering home decorating ideas is important, whether you are moving to a smaller home or freshening your existing home, because home decorating is about much more than paint colors, window treatments and furniture placement.  Home decorating is also about creating an environment that serves you, makes you feel happy and supports the way you live your life. 

Since what we focus on is what we see, focusing on what is possible in a new home, rather than on what you are leaving behind, will make your move easier and more pleasurable.

Home Decorating Idea #1    Begin your move by walking through the rooms in your existing home and focusing on just your artwork.  Ask yourself which pictures or paintings you want to see and enjoy for the rest of your life, then put a colored stickers on their frames the movers will pack it.

This is a painting that always makes me smile.

This is a painting that always makes me smile.


Home Decorating Idea #2    Go through your books and photographs in the same way you went through your artwork.  Ask yourself which of them you would like to re-read or refer to and set them aside so they can be packed.  Repeat this process with your accessories and your lamps and your other decorative items.

Sort through your photos as well as your books.

Sort through your photos as well as your books.


Home Decorating Idea #3   As you go through the rest of your belongings ask yourself this question: "Is this beautiful, functional or filled with the kinds of memories that make me smile?”  If you can’t answer “YES” to at least one part of that question, give yourself permission to live without it. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor your values by letting go of the things you’ve held onto that no longer have real meaning or importance in your life.

Home Decorating Idea #4   Begin by checking the floor plan of your new home to be sure it is quarter-inch-scale.   This is very important!  If you aren’t certain, you may need to take it to an office supply store and have them change the scale to quarter-inch.  Once you’ve done that, go to the website for my decorating e-book and click on "RESOURCES" to download the free furniture templates. (*See the website information below.) Then, before you begin measuring your existing furniture, arrange the templates on your floor plan to determine what furniture sizes and placement will look and feel the best in your new home. Then measure your existing furniture to see which of it will fit into your ideal furniture placement and take those pieces of furniture with you when you move.

Home Decorating Idea #5   Go to your new surroundings with a camera, a note book and a friend or loved one to help you Open every closet and cabinet door, take a picture and measure the space.  This will help you decide what you want to store there.  Since storage is often an issue in smaller homes, you may want to hire a closet solutions expert and knowing what you need to store will help them make the best use of your storage space.

Home Decorating Idea #6   You can simplify your unpacking and feel more immediately comfortable in your new home if you label each box with the name of the closet or drawer into which its contents are to be placed.

Home Decorating Idea #7   Take photos and measurements of your new home’s kitchen cabinets.  Then tape a note about what you want to store there on each door or drawer front.  If you label your kitchen boxes with their EXACT contents, unpacking and settling into your new home will be much easier. 

Using wire shelving inserts can double your storage space.

Using wire shelving inserts can double your storage space.

Making a decision not to move anything into your new home that doesn’t have real meaning and importance in your life will help you make your move with a greater sense of possibility and pleasure.


Gail Van Kleeck, President of Dover Interiors and

Author of The Magical Interior Design Guide

Phone (781) 761-6151

Email  gail@homedecoratingfairygodmother.com

Dover Interiors Website: www.doverinteriors.com

*Book Website:  http://www.homedecoratingfairygodmother.com

Bringing Magic into your home.

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