For most older adults, there will come a day where they will need to downsize. This can occur for many reasons, whether it is due to wanting to simplify their lifestyles, to be closer to family, medical needs, or to cut costs. For some, this might not be a choice that they have made enthusiastically.
The process itself can be tolling and stressful – after all, you are trying to pack up your entire life. However, it does not have to be overwhelming. Here are some downsizing tips for older adults to get you started.
Chances are that this process will take longer than expected so do not expect to get it done within a weekend. For most people, setting aside a few weeks to a month is a better and more realistic timeline. This is because breaks are important during this process, and you do not want to have to sort your items when stressed. Take your time to go through each item and develop a proper decision-making system that will help you choose.
It can be very overwhelming to try to tackle the project when you are viewing the house as a whole. Something that can help is to tackle the smallest and easiest space first. Good examples are the laundry room or guest bedroom. There are fewer items that you are emotionally attached to and can help you get the momentum going.
Instead of focusing on the things you want, it might be easier for you to pick out the things you do not want first. This means picking out the items that you no longer have a use for to be given away, sold, or thrown away. This is generally easier especially when it comes to large pieces of furniture.
Another area this can help is when it comes to duplicates. If you only focus on the things you do not want, it can help with reducing the cluster before you start packing the things you do want.
Make Yes and No Piles
This tip is two-fold – firstly, try to avoid maybes when you are categorizing the things in your home. When you start to label maybes, you can end up creating a huge pile that puts you back at the start. If you haven’t been using something for months, perhaps it is time for you to let it go.
Secondly, do not be afraid of making a literal pile. It is completely okay if you make a mess while you are packing your house. Having everything laid out and visible is more conducive than if you are trying to keep the home neat and tidy.
Use This Chance to Bond and Reminisce
Many memories are tied to each item, even if you do not want them anymore. Invite your family members and take some time to go through the items. Especially if it is memorabilia like old stuffed animals, drawings, trophies, or heirlooms. Take the time to relive the memories and perhaps even pass them on to your children and grandchildren.
Enjoy Resort-Style Living at Mariposa
Downsizing and moving from a place that you have called home for years can be hard and overwhelming. Here at Mariposa, we understand that not many people make this choice if they have other alternatives. However, chances are that it will get better once you settled down.
If you are feeling overwhelmed during the transition process, our senior living community features convenient concierge services and on-site therapy services to ensure that you have all you need both physically and emotionally during this transition.
For more information on our different housing options, programs, and services, contact us today by filling in this online form or by calling us at 561.332.4899.