If you’re moving to an assisted living facility, you probably have a wealth of questions about your current belongings. It’s a good idea to bring your own furniture to your new residence to offer the comfort and feel of home. However, it’s likely that you’re downsizing to a much more limited space, so it’s crucial to take inventory of your current belongings to determine what goes and what stays. Let’s take a look at some quick tips to make your transition easier and much more efficient.

Consider the Design of Your New Residence: First, you’ll need to know the dimensions and overall arrangement of your new residence. Secure a detailed copy of the floor plan of your new room or apartment.

Ask for a checklist of what you are expected to bring from your current residence such as furnishing, furniture, and personal toiletry items. Typically, you’ll be responsible for all extra furniture, but space is generally limited in assisted living facilities, so be prepared to downsize your current belongings.

Learn Your Benefits: Usually, in an assisted living room or apartment, a full-sized bed is the largest option available to you. If your current bed doesn’t meet these dimensions, check with insurance to determine your benefits. Some insurance will furnish a bed for you as part of your plan. Ultimately, the key is to check the rules and regulations of your new residence to fully understand what you’re permitted to bring.

Statistically, almost all current facilities allow residents to bring small furniture, such as tables, nightstands, and other lightweight pieces. However, depending on the size and type of your new home, you might be able to bring larger items such as dining tables and couches.

Make the Change: If you are, in fact, permitted to bring furniture, but your current items don’t meet the specific dimensions, it’s a good time to consider selling, giving away, or storing your belongings. Obviously enough, selling will offer the financial boost so that you can purchase new, more space-efficient options. Plus, you won’t have to worry about paying for storage or leaving items behind at your former residence. However, cherished family heirlooms, such as a beloved piano or trunk, can be re-homed to a trusted family member or friend.

Finally, as you prepare to enter a new phase of life, don’t forget to personalize your new residence. This is especially important if you need to significantly downsize your personal items. Some well-placed trinkets and beloved family photos can help any new environment look and feel more like home.