Though we’d been talking about it for awhile, we had no idea what we were in for: Moving a family of four (yes, we count our dog) into a 2-bed, 1-bath condo. When our (AMAZING) realtor Jenny Pace took us to the downtown condo for the initial walk-through, we had our rose-colored glasses on. But when moving day put us back into the now-empty, 878-square-foot condo, my husband and I started missing our 1400-square-foot house, and all the beautiful upgrades we had put into it. Even though we kept our house and are currently renting it out, this felt like starting over…on a lower level. But that feeling left as soon as our stuff went in, and fit PERFECLTY! In our old house, TWO BEDROOMS sat unused; one held a desk, and the other, a guest bed. Now, our desk takes up the right amount of space – a spot in the main area – and guests may sleep on our fold-down couch. No wasted space, and no extra space to clean! Plus, the two bedrooms we do have are far bigger than the ones we occupied while in the house.
There’s also a lot to be said about layout; our old house was pretty open but was not laid out in as good of a flow as this condo! I think because condos have to be efficient to make the building work, most times builders put effort into smart design.
I also must say that with our own style inside, and our own art on the walls, this place feels SO cozy and luxurious! (The view of the Capitol doesn’t hurt…feels like we are in Europe or Washington DC!). We definitely plan to renovate a few things (kitchen, floors, paint) but are in no rush because we’ll be here awhile.
The initial sadness of stepping into a new life has completely dissolved now that our new life is so EASY and adventurous and exciting and fun!! Read all the upsides we’ve experienced by downsizing HERE.
Enjoy the tour! Let me know about your own downsizing experience or desires in the comments!