Sometimes organization is easier said than done, even for a professional organizer such as myself.   In Part 2, I described the process my husband and I went through in order to combine two homes into one.  We kept the best of the furniture, kitchenware, linens, and appliances. We tried to limit our keepsakes and treasures, however when you have been married 30 plus years, we accumulated more than I thought.

When I first walked into this house I knew it was the “one”.  The character and feeling of the house was warm and inviting. The success of finding the right house is instinctual, you have to feel at home immediately. Try to visualize how YOUR furniture will fit, not how the house is staged when you walk through.

For instance, I knew that the part of the living room that had the fireplace would be the dining room. The shelves would be dedicated to our families. Since both sets of parents were deceased, this would make a nice place to have our parents wedding pictures and various keepsakes of our parents.  A shadow box is a great way to display items.  I displayed my father-in-law’s WWII Navy uniform in this way

We always have had a small intimate living room for quiet conversation, music, etc. The former dining room had a beautiful mirrored wall that is perfect for our upright piano.

Our master bedroom was the major challenge and was smaller than I realized. We made it work by placing my triple dresser, minus the mirror, under the window.  Although tight, it is manageable

The Florida room is the most utilized room in the home, it is large enough to accommodate all the rattan and wicker furniture. Note the built- in entertainment center that my husband built from two oak bookcases that we didn’t have room for. Remember that furniture can be repurposed to keep costs down.

The house originally had 4 bedrooms but the previous owner removed a closet and made a sitting area for the guest room. This area is perfect for my office plus provides a private retreat  for any guest that we host.

With a little ingenuity and imagination, we successfully downsized and are happy and content in our “forever” home.