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Our Top 5 Downsizing Tips for Seniors

Seniors packing up to move into a smaller space

Although the thought of downsizing can seem overwhelming, doing so can help declutter your life and empower you to make important decisions for your future. Downsizing is a great way to simplify your life and maximize your living space.

Downsizing Tips to Simplify the Process

The process of downsizing can be stressful and emotional. With so much stuff and so many memories attached to it, where should you even begin? To make the process easier, we put together a few tips to help you get started:

Downsizing Tip #1: Start Now

Even if you think downsizing is still a few years off, it’s good to begin now. Beginning sooner rather than later can help you part with things on your time and your terms, lessening the emotional toll it can have. You’ll have time to consider what your life could look like without these items, and find out what you really need and use. Taking the time prior to moving will also give you the opportunity to sell or give away your possessions, instead of having to make quick decisions and having most of your stuff end up in the trash or donation bin.

Downsizing Tip #2: Go Room by Room

Lessen the burden of downsizing by taking it in chunks. Begin in the rooms you use less frequently, like spare bedrooms or unneeded office space. Find items in these spaces you know you won’t need in the future, then declutter as much as you can by selling, donating, or sharing these items with family and friends.

Downsizing Tip #3: Get Rid of Duplicates

Chances are, your new space won’t need or have the room for multiple table lamps or both a formal and casual dining room table. Collect items that are duplicates and decide which ones you’d like to bring with you when you move. Getting rid of items you have duplicates of will lessen the amount you have to pack and load when relocating to your new home. Plus, it’s a great way to pass along family heirlooms to relatives.

Downsizing Tip #4: Location, Location, Location

When thinking of downsizing, do you envision moving to a warmer climate? Or moving into a condo, independent living community, or other smaller living space? If so, there are certain items you may no longer need. For example, if you’re moving to a warmer climate, think of lessening your load by getting rid of heavy winter jackets and thick down comforters. For condo living, you probably won’t need a lawn mower or other lawn care equipment. If choosing an independent living community, many of the amenities you use on a regular basis are provided for you.

Along the same lines, you’ll want to think about the number of rooms your new home may have. Do you envision your next home having a guest room? If not, take the time to remove any excess furniture and other items you may have from these extra spaces. Getting rid of these things now will make it easier when moving day arrives.

Downsizing Tip #5: Be Decisive

Finally, as tough as it can be, you must be decisive in your decision-making when downsizing. Commit to making “yes” and “no” piles only – no “maybes” allowed. This will help you make quick decisions on what you really need to make your new house feel like home.

Find a Home You’ll Love at The Oaks at Denville

At The Oaks at Denville, you may downsize your home, but with all the activities offered and new friends you’ll meet, you’re sure to increase your lifestyle and happiness. With independent living options and a community designed to keep you active and socially engaged, you’ll feel right at home.

If you’d like to learn more about life at The Oaks at Denville, contact us today. We’re happy to take you on a personal tour and show you just how bright your future can be.

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