Tips for Downsizing

Consider These Tips to Make Downsizing Easier


When it comes time for you or a loved one to downsize to a smaller or simpler living space, the idea of packing up a lifetime of memories can be overwhelming. But in order to insure a smooth transition into this next phase of life, a thorough assessment of your belongings is necessary.


For those considering a move to a retirement community focused on assisted or memory care, removing clutter and organizing your possessions before you move is essential. Here are some reasons why:

  • You will want easy access to your things, have items within safe reach, be able to maneuver more easily through your home, and be able to enjoy memories and mementos you’ve saved.
  • Reducing clutter can help prevent serious falls that could permanently reduce a senior’s mobility and freedom.
  • Decluttering now protects your loved ones from inheriting the burden of deciding what to keep or toss should someone help you move.

Moving to a smaller place means less or no home maintenance and a reduction in daily and weekly chores. It provides the opportunity to enjoy more activities and have more time to relax. You can make downsizing easier by following these four simple steps.

De-Clutter

 

One of the most effective ways to fit everything into your new home is to decide which items in your current home you truly want to keep and which ones you can pass along or toss. Host a yard sale or donate clothing and items that you haven’t used in the last year before it’s time to relocate.

Shred Paperwork

Paperwork can be a space-filler, and sorting out important documents from unnecessary paperwork is an easy way to free up space. Consider shredding old receipts, cancelled checks, and bank statements. Keep important documents such as deeds, wills, passports, birth certificates, and military records. Bankrate.com is a good resource for finding out exactly what to keep and toss. You can then transfer the paperwork you keep to a smaller filing cabinet that fits into your new, smaller space, and also allows you to keep everything in one location.

Give Sentimental Items to Your Loved Ones

Downsizing can be emotionally challenging, as it may be difficult to let go of sentimental items such as children’s belongings or furniture that was passed down through your family. Kid’s clothes, toys and furniture can take up a significant amount of space and can be hard to fit into your new home. To make the transition easier for you and your loved ones, consider passing along some unneeded sentimental items to family members or friends who can treasure them and keep them in a safe place.

Measure Your New Space

When downsizing to a smaller property, it’s important to take a look at the floor plan of your new home and consider where each furniture item will be placed. This will help you determine what to take and what to sell or donate. Styleathome.com suggests drawing out the new floor plan to determine where each item will be placed and what furnishings are not essential.

Edgeworth Park at New Town offers recommendations for senior moving specialists. These companies are experienced with moving seniors into communities and can make your move a convenient and comfortable transition.Contact us via email or call 866-568-9206 and let us know how we can help.