Like many other Americans age 60 and older, you may be looking around your house and realizing you don’t need all the “stuff” you have. You are really only using a few rooms on a daily basis. Several rooms have become guest bedrooms with others simply being used for storage.
If you can relate, then you’re likely ready to downsize – or “rightsize” as many like to call it.
4 Tips to Downsizing with Less Stress
- Start early
- Honor heirlooms and then pass them down to loved ones
- Sell the stress-free way by using professionals; consider an auction
- Don’t be afraid to toss
How to Get Started Downsizing -- or “Rightsizing
Use these tips to help you make the “rightsizing” process less stressful and even joyful.
Start Early when Downsizing
Avoid tackling the whole house in one go or waiting until you’re moving. Think in terms of months, not days. Tackle one room or area at a time. Schedule about two hours at a stretch on specific days. This allows you to keep making progress, without getting exhausted and overwhelmed by trying to tackle too much of the house at one time.
Honor and Hand Down Heirlooms
Honor items that belong to your family or have great family memories. Talk about them, take photos, write down your memories and then pass the cherished item and its stories to your loved one. Studies have shown that people are able to let go of their possessions more easily if they have been given the opportunity to talk about them first.
When deciding what to keep, take into consideration what you want your new home to reflect about you. Make decorating your new home an opportunity to create a home that reflects who you are and how you want to live. Use these decorating tips and tips when hiring a decorator for a senior living home to help you express your life and style in your new home.
Sell Household Items the Stress-Free Way
Selling items you no longer need and don’t want to pass down to family doesn’t need to be time-consuming nor stressful.
Many people want to begin by selling from their home, listing items in the newspaper or online. However, this involves coordinating the sale and can result in a lot of phone calls and emails. These inquiries (whether the item is still for sale, its features and condition, a time it can be seen and negotiations about the price) can be quite a burden. Allowing strangers to come into your home to inspect can also be a security concern.
Try an online auction service, especially for high-value items. A service such as Everything But The House uses competitive bidding and fully manages the online auction. You most likely will reach many more bidders and buyers and will have a lot less stress.
Don’t Be Afraid To Toss
Don't be shy about tossing items. Things that are typically not worth moving, donating or even thinking twice about are old spices, old magazines, unused toiletries, plastic food containers, candles, stuffed toys (most charities won't accept them) and the contents of the junk drawer.
Try using the “yes-no” method to avoid “maybes” and reluctance. Will I use this in the near future? Yes or no. Do I really need this? Yes or no.
By the end of your downsizing efforts, you will feel better about the house you live in or the home you plan to move in to. By saying goodbye to items you no longer need and/or home maintenance that causes you stress, you are freeing yourself to a better future.
A move to a downsized home likely means more time to devote to things that interest you, whether that’s traveling, visiting friends and family or attending events and activities. You are gaining freedom to structure your days and your life in a way that bring you happiness and fulfillment.
At Twin Lakes Senior Living Community, our villa and patio homes are located in beautiful, suburban Montgomery. Maintain the independence of your own single-family home, with all of the advantages of maintenance-free community living.
Also, check out our expansion project at Twin Lakes. Our high-demand homes are usually completely full, so don’t miss your chance to secure one today. Contact Twin Lakes to schedule your tour or for more information. 513-853-2000.