At Franklin Park, we know that downsizing is not something many people look forward to doing. It can be complicated, emotional and time-consuming. The home that you’ve lived in for years, maybe even decades, is now becoming too big for you to manage. Once the kids have moved out, the house seems to grow very quiet, and it may be time to consider transitioning to an independent living community.
When to Downsize
If you ever have thoughts about the difficulty of managing the home you live in, it may be time to downsize to something more manageable. We’ve come up with a guide that includes a few downsizing tips for seniors to make your life a little easier while making the transition to a senior assisted living community or independent living community.
Three Step-by-Step Tips for DownsizingThese step-by-step tips will help streamline the downsizing process and provide some clarity on what you need to address when it comes to moving to a smaller living space:
- Find your new home. When you plan to move, you have to know where you’re going. The size of your new home will play an essential role in what you’re able to bring. It’s also good to consider what size home you can effectively manage without being overwhelmed. Do some research and look into which homes or communities fit into your budget and are in the area you would like to live. We’re sure you’ll find a place that you can call your new home in no time!
- Develop a plan and follow it. Planning is never a bad idea. Any time there are several steps to a process, a strategy is effective. Make a list of what to bring and what to throw away so you can account for everything in your home by the time you’re ready to move. If you’re going to have friends or family help you move, it may be a good idea to make copies of your list, so they know what is important to you when sifting through the clutter.
- Start downsizing. Now that you’ve found your new home, the only thing left to do is to start the downsizing process. Begin to pack up what you need and throw away what you don’t. If torn between bringing and leaving an item, it may be better to bring it with you. When you arrive at the new home, you can decide if there is a place for the item or not.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Downsizing can get overwhelming at times. If you think that this is all too much for you, don’t worry! Some businesses specialize in helping seniors move and handle the formalities like utility bills and down payments. Take a look around your area to see if there are any local businesses like this and inquire about the services they offer. You may find that it’s easier for them to do all of the heavy liftings!
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