Rather than downsizing, rightsizing allows you to organize and simplify your belongings, your home, and your life.
- Are there more empty rooms than rooms you use in your current home?
- Are you paying too much to heat and cool rooms you don’t even use?
- Are you spending too much time maintaining your house and yard?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your current home simply may be too large for you. Rather than downsizing, think about finding a home that is just the right size for this time in your life. Maybe you’ll opt for a condominium in a 55+ community or head to Florida for a bright and airy garden apartment just steps away from a pool. Many older adults find the thought of shedding years of accumulated possessions and freeing themselves from home maintenance to be liberating!
Are there too many steps between the dream and the reality? Making the decision to downsize, or rightsize, may be simple, but actually fulfilling the dream may prove challenging. It doesn’t have to be difficult.
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Now that you’ve decided to make a change, how do you get started?
- Hire a professional organizer. An organizational expert should not dismiss your feelings of anxiety or sorrow over sorting or parting with items. Rather, they should acknowledge your feelings and help you develop strategies to successfully evaluate items and determine whether you should keep, donate, or discard them.
- Go through items on your own, (or with the help of family and friends), establish a system where you sort items by what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away. When you are deciding between what to donate or throw away, keep these tips in mind:
- If you no longer have use for the item but the item is still usable, donations to charities will help someone in need find new life for the item.
- Donating items, rather than throwing them away, helps to keep useable items out of landfills.
- Charitable contributions can be used as deductions if you itemize on your yearly taxes and many organizations will pick up items at your home.
- Things can be set aside for friends or family members who will treasure the memories you associate with the item. For example, your granddaughter may love your wedding china, while your nephew would appreciate those tools collecting dust in the garage.
- Auction items and use the earnings to take a trip, pick out new furniture, or put away for a rainy day.
- Rent a storage unit and go through items as you are able or have time.
Remember, it’s the people we meet and the actions we take, not the things we acquire, that make life worth living.
Once you’ve organized your home and belongings, perhaps you are ready to find a home that better suits this time in your life. Many older adults opt to move to a senior living community filled with people who decided to trade home maintenance for a worry-free lifestyle. Some even plan ahead by securing access to health services in anticipation of future care needs.
Are you concerned about the cost? You may be surprised how affordable these fees are in comparison to a mortgage, property taxes, utilities, maintenance, and home expenses.