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Downsizing Your Home for Retirement

Planning for the Future | 04/17/20


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Moving to a senior living community takes time, energy and plenty of planning. Although downsizing can seem overwhelming now, doing so can help declutter your life and empower you to make important decisions for your future.

At The Oaks at Denville, we understand the difficulties of this transition and are here to assist with insights from our personal experiences. To get started, we’ve pulled together a few helpful downsizing tips.

Tips from Senior Living Downsizing Experts

If you’re just beginning the process of downsizing, don’t worry. We’ve been there before. The experience we have in ensuring a smooth transition has made us experts in this area. To get you started, here are a few of our favorite tips for downsizing your home:

  • Keep Items that Mean the Most – When going through your home, ask yourself, “What are the items most important to me?” This will help the decision-making process run smoothly and ensure your new home will be filled with your most beloved items.
  • Label Each Item – Make piles and determine those items you want to keep, sell, donate or discard. And, once you start packing boxes, clearly label each one. This way, when you are moving into your new residence, you’ll know exactly the contents of each box and what room it should go in. Those that are helping you move will know exactly where to unload, and you won’t need to sit and direct traffic all day.
  • Set a Goal and Enjoy the Process – Keep your focus while going through the downsizing process by setting achievable goals, and celebrate when you accomplish tasks.

These are just a few of the many helpful hints you’ll receive through our downsizing process. You’ll find that we have the experts available to answer any questions you may have.

Discover the Process of Making The Oaks at Denville Your New Home

Whether you’re choosing to move because you’re ready to downsize your home, are looking for a more engaging social life or simply wish to ensure peace of mind for your future health needs, The Oaks at Denville is ready to assist every step of the way.

Our Move Ahead program offers a variety of services to make your transition into the community as smooth as possible. Our certified downsizers start by helping you sort your items and declutter your belongings, organize an estate sale, packing and more. We will also work with your realtor to evaluate your home, make recommendations for small repairs and help to stage it for better sales appeal.

Not only will the team help you in preparing for the transition, but our Move-In-Coordinator will be onsite the day of your move. Since the downsizers also help in designing and setting up the floor plan for your new home, you can sit back and relax knowing that the day will run as smooth as possible.

Take it from resident Richard Schlenger, who said, “While I loved my old house, The Oaks is my new home. It is the best place for me to be. My family is happy for me and I am happy to see them smile when I talk about The Oaks. It’s been the perfect place to call home!”

Learn how you can call The Oaks at Denville your new home. Contact our team today to learn more.