Whether you're downsizing because you’re moving into a smaller home or you’re moving into an assisted living community, we know that it can be difficult to get rid of so many things that you cherish. Giving up the home that you’ve lived in for years or the furniture your children gave you isn’t easy.
You and your significant other may be living in a house with four or five bedrooms because the kids used to live with you. As you know by now, this isn’t a convenient living situation if everyone has moved out. You’re stuck maintaining a home that's much larger than you need, which is causing unwanted stress and work for you and your loved one.
So, what do you need to do? Downsizing is the answer. There are many benefits to downsizing such as reducing your workload and relieving stress. While many people often hesitate to downsize, it can be quite a relaxing experience.
When Do Seniors Need to Downsize?
Knowing when to downsize is important because it needs to be a time when you’re comfortable doing it. Although moving can be stressful, waiting until you’re overwhelmed is the worst thing you can do. There are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine whether now is the right time to downsize or not.
Some questions you can ask yourself are:
- Do I still need this much space in my home?
- Is maintaining my house becoming too time-consuming?
- Would a smaller living arrangement reduce some of my stress?
- Is it more practical for me to move somewhere smaller?
- What does my family think about my living arrangements?
Each situation is unique, and it will be up to you to decide if you’re ready to move. If you’re unsure about moving, it’s a good idea to ask some of your family members what they think about it. You may find that they have similar stories about moving into a smaller home or what they did to make their lives more convenient.
Tips For Downsizing
Once you’ve decided that downsizing is the best option for you, it can be confusing to know where to start in the process. At HarborChase, we’ve come up with a few downsizing tips for seniors for you to keep in mind.
- Do your research. When moving, make sure to look into a diverse group of housing options. Doing this will allow you to make a better decision on what is best for you. There are many options when it comes to senior living. Independent living communities and assisted living communities are often among the most popular choices for downsizing. Take a look into these and learn which one may be right for you.
- Make a plan and follow it through. Downsizing can become overwhelming. As with anything that’s complicated, it’s best to come up with a plan for your move and execute it. When you have an idea, it’s easier to envision your next steps and determine how much you’ve accomplished already!
- De-clutter. When you move into a smaller home, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll need to get rid of a few things. Start to make a list of what is necessary to bring and what you may not need anymore. Making a list can help you sort items into categories of importance during your move.
- Seek help. If you’re having trouble moving your belongings or deciding what is the next best step for you, contact a specialist. Some businesses specialize in helping seniors tie up loose ends while moving. Transferring utilities, moving furniture and managing financial transactions are all things that these businesses can help you complete without all the stress that goes along with these tasks. Make sure to locate a senior move manager in your area so you can meet with them if need be.
Although complicated, moving is not impossible. If moving is the right thing for you to do, you should do it. It can save you a great deal of time and stress, and downsizing is often an enjoyable thing once complete. Don’t hesitate to make a change and start downsizing today!
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