The trend of downsizing has shown us how indeed, less is more. Various benefits add to the appeal of downsizing, so if you’re approaching your retirement years, it’s time to explore this new trend! To help you along the way, we’ve also included some downsizing tips for seniors.
Why Downsize As an Elderly?
A strong driving factor to downsizing becoming a popular concept is that US citizens are starting to prefer smaller homes. While there are many reasons for the elderly to downsize, an obvious standout is the financial perks that come with it. By cutting costs through downsizing, you can plan out a more satisfying retirement for yourself. It can also be beneficial to your wellbeing, as a larger house is a lot of maintenance work in the long run! By downsizing and removing all the extra space and clutter, you can comfortably live in an environment that’s just the right size. Continue reading for our downsizing tips.
To make downsizing as easy as possible for yourself, you should start as soon as possible! Not only does this make sense in a practical sense, but it also serves an emotional purpose. Of course, starting early ensures that you’re not frantically rushing with only a few hours left. But additionally, with ample time to spare, you can give your current home and the memories you have with it a proper goodbye.
You may feel tempted to just bring everything with you, even if you don’t necessarily need them. Instead, be firm with your downsizing decisions. Rather than make a “maybe” pile to fuss over, stick to the two “yes” and “no” piles instead. You should also get rid of any duplicates that you have, such as kitchen utensils or appliances. You’ll be thanking yourself for it when you have a more organized home in the future.
Sell Your Pre-Loved Possessions
While sorting out your belongings, you’re likely to find one or two items that would be perfect for the next yard sale. Why not put them up for sale for some extra money to put towards the future? Furthermore, if you’re tech-savvy, there are plenty of online platforms for you to search for buyers: Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, you name it. Convert the clutter you don’t use into cash for a much more rewarding downsizing experience!
Enlist Some Help
Having a helping hand assisting is always welcome when you’re downsizing. As a mature adult, you may not be the most suited to the heavy lifting involved in moving. Why not enlist the help of your friends and family members to make it an easier transition for you? It gives you the chance to share a moment of bonding in your soon-to-be past home, making it easier to keep in touch once you’ve settled into your new home.
Downsize with GreenTree At Westwood!
If you’re looking for a place to live out your new beginnings, consider living in an independent senior living community. Our community here at GreenTree At Westwood is always welcoming new additions with open arms. Check out our senior living options today!