Sizing down to move into an Apartment

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:08 AM | Posted By: Donje Putnam

Updated April 2020.

When moving from a house to an apartment, it's easy to bring too much stuff.  It's human nature to fill the space you have so if you have been living in a large space, you will "grow" to that space.  Sometimes it's hard to know what to leave behind--or to store--or to get rid of when relocating.  Here are some suggestions.

  • Microwave:  In some of our apartments (Monticello at Powhatan and Monticello at Town Center), microwaves come with the apartments.  In others, you can greatly expand your counter space by leaving behind the microwave, or bringing a microwave stand and tucking it in somewhere else.  But seriously, other than popcorn and reheating coffee, is there anything you can't do almost as quick on a stove?  Soup, leftovers, and dinner would probably be more evenly heated on the stove top.
  • Washer & Dryer:  These are one of the hardest items to move, especially if you are moving yourself!  Your options? We rent them to you, or Walker's Chase Townhomes has them included, and someone else takes them up the stairs for you before you even move in!
  • Huge TV cabinet:  We don't have huge TV's anymore, so why drag around the 500 lb cabinet?
  • DVD's:  One word: Netflix.  It's portable, easy to store and other than keeping a few that you watch every year, why not let the others go?  Then you can throw out. . .
  •  DVD/CD storage

There are some other things, however, that are very helpful to bring to your apartment that you might not have thought about.

  • It's easy to forget what you might need when you have 24 hour emergency maintenance, but there are some things you want to have on hand, such as a screw driver, ruler, wrench, and hammer.
  • Bookcases- When you put them against the wall, they look like built ins, and give your an apartment a custom look.  Here's a hint-- paint the back of the shelves a different color for more customization. 
  • Dressers as other furniture- If you have extra dressers, bring them along.  They can serve many functions:  holding linen in the dining room, storing silverware and extra kitchen equipment, and extra storage in a living room.  They are not just for the bedroom.

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About the Author

Donje Putnam, RAM, is a self-described Multi-Family Fanatic and Marketing Director & Compliance Manager for Signature Management Corporation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She has over two decades of hands-on experience in apartment management and serves on the Virginia Apartment Management Association Board of Directors, along with holding other local association roles.  With a passion for marketing, sales, and social media, she is responsible for the leasing strategy and digital marketing initiatives at her company.  She lives in Newport News, VA with her husband, two kids, a very hyper dog, Piper, and a world-famous-snaggle-toothed cat named Squeak.


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