Paring Down-Moving from a House to an Apartment

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM | Posted By: Donje Putnam
Paring Down-Moving from a House to an Apartment

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 and the brand new Commonwealth at York) and Cottages at Silver Hill, 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 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.

  • Our Tool List!  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.

  • 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.  Check out Apartment Therapy for great ideas!

  • 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.

Careful review of your clothing, dishes, and electronics can not only help you pare down, but also might give you an opporunity for making a little money by having a yardsale.  When moving to our communities, you can also get rid of other heavy items, because we got it all for you!

Filed Under: Apartment Living


About the Author

Donje Putnam has over 15 years experience in the multi-family housing industry and has worked at many different types of apartment communities, from tax credit to high end and from 88 units to 400.  Her favorite thing about being in "the industry" is that you learn a little bit about everything!  She lives in Newport News, VA with her husband, two kids, a very calm dog, a very hyper dog and a very aloof cat. 


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