How to Downsize from a House to Flat

Are you planning on downsizing from a home to a flat? It can be tough deciding what stuff to part ways with and what to keep. Downsizing, for whatever reason, can be an emotional experience. With a little time, patience and effort you can downsize from a house to a flat relatively painlessly. Here are our 3 expert tips for downsizing:

Take Inventory

Start by documenting your belongings room by room. Try setting up a spreadsheet or making a simple list with a keep or discard column. Whichever option you choose, make sure you have a backup copy filed. Many people like to set up an outbox to put items in before they discard anything as a way to evaluate their emotional attachment to a particular item. Taking inventory also helps when it is time to hire a mover as everything will be accounted for in your estimate.

Avoid Duplication

If you are moving in with someone or have lived in a house for a long time, chances are you have multiples of things you don’t need to have multiples of. Be strict with your evaluation of your belongs. Don’t throw out anything you truly love but there’s no reason to have multiple sets of dishes or kitchen gadgets if you never host dinner parties.

Reference the Floorplans

One way to make your move easier is to reference the floorplans of your new flat. Find out beforehand if your furniture will fit or order new furniture that is sure to fit. Downsizing from a house can be stressful but by refering to the floorplans of your new home you can eliminate any unnecessary stress and uncertainty.

With some thoughtful decluttering and storage planning, downsizing from a house to a flat doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Embrace decluttering with an air of excitement, as your begin a new chapter in your flat.

Olfactive Branding with Tracy Pepe

Oben Flats in Leslieville it situated on Queen Street East in an area known for its trenty shops, dining scene, elaborate brunches, and a tight-knit community. With our new community in mind, perfumer Tracy Pepe has hand crafted a signature scent specifically for residents.

This custom scent design is complex yet defined and the curating process required many variations with a design schedule of ten months. Pepe’s apothecary style blending infused naturals with aroma compounds to create the unique sensorial experience. 

Oben Flats accord begins with a whimsical blend of Ultra Marine Blue, a signature found in the Whiff Collection. Fragrant notes of bergamont and mandarin mix with salt, mimosa, and water lily. The accord is selectively infused with seaweed and bleach wood. The signature of the fragrance is found in the lavendar imported from Provence, France. Leather notes play together creating a unique vibration, soft, welcoming that suggests, “stay awhile, this is living.”

True to apothecary blending, a twist of mandarin and lime essential oils are added creating an intoxicating aroma that is light, yet pleasant.

Oben Flats president Julian Battiston calls the scent, “one of the most important details we’ve incorporated into our brand. Not only does it mark the feeling that you’ve ‘arrived,’ but it denotes the aire of what Oben Flats living is all about.”

The fragrance installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of August at 1075 Queen Street East.