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Whether you have lived in an assisted living apartment for a while or are just now transitioning from your old home, decorating your apartment space to feel comfortable and homey can feel overwhelming and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. First, take a deep breath. Then, focus on what’s most important to you in your space.

Keep Special Items

While you may not have a lot of space in your apartment, you can still utilize the areas that you have. Fill spaces on shelves and table tops with any small items that are important to you. Line these areas with books, framed photos, notes, awards, artwork from grandchildren, trinkets, and other items that are close to your heart. Larger areas in the apartment are good for one or two important pieces of furniture, new or old. Consider decorating with furniture that not only holds a special importance to you emotionally, but that also has a function. That way you can make the best use of your space.

Remember Everyday Necessities

Special photos and knick-knacks are important to consider, but remember you’re also going to need all the regular comforts of home, too. You will need bedsheets and linens, pillows, drapery, dishes, and other small kitchen items. While these items can be easily overlooked, they are some of the best for warming up a space and bringing your area together. When shopping for these items or bringing in old ones you already have, focus on a common theme, be it colors or patterns. Since your apartment is a smaller area, matching all of your decorative items will help to easily bring everything in the space together.

Reduce Clutter

When decorating a small space, one of your main goals should be to reduce clutter. You can do this by utilizing storage areas and items, like drawers and decorative boxes. You can also use a storage unit or family member’s home to store things like larger items that you want to keep but can’t fit, seasonal items, and family heirlooms. Knowing you have a place to keep things out of the way can reduce the stress of downsizing in a smaller space.

 

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Leslie Carter
Written by: Leslie Carter

Leslie developed an affinity for spending time with seniors through her mother, who loved to include her children in volunteering at local nursing homes. She truly has found her passion and has devoted her energies to working in the senior housing industry.

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