Downsizing Your Home

Looking at the accumulation of stuff in your home can be somewhat overwhelming.  Whether you’re planning on moving, going to a retirement home, or simply staying put, downsizing your home can make sense. By eliminating the excess items you’ll have a neat and orderly home and you won’t need to worry about caring for your things. 

It is amazing how many possessions we can gather over time! Downsizing makes sense because unburdening yourself from too many possessions can make you feel less stressed. It also prepares you in case you decide to move to a retirement home or a smaller house.

Start Small

The first step towards a more organized and downsized home is to make the commitment to sort through all your items. The best way to get started is to just dig in.  Set aside two to five hours per week to go through items. Create several areas to sort your items – things to keep, things to give away, and things to throw away.  You may also want to include areas for items that belong to your kids. Let them know that they must remove all their excess items from your home. Go through your old clothing and donate any items that you haven’t worn in over a year. There are many families who will be happy to utilize your extra clothing and other items.

Enlist Help

Get the help of a friend or relative to assist you in sorting through your things. Only keep the things that you love and cherish. Use large plastic containers for storing items you want to keep. If you haven’t used an item in more than a year you likely don’t need it.  Talk over your plans with your friend who will help you make difficult choices as you go through the sorting process. Get rid of things you no longer use. Offer your children items that you’re going to get rid of. Store only the items that you really can’t part with.

Reclaim Your Space

Go through each room of your home and remove any items that you don’t need, don’t like, or don’t use. Each room will become easier to use. This is especially true in the kitchen, where you can get rid of any small appliances that are taking up precious space. Reclaim your counter space and your cabinet areas. It is uplifting to live surrounded only by things you love. If you have a lot of things around you but really don’t like them it’s time to rid yourself of the burden. Lighten up your living space and enjoy everything that you look at on a daily basis. This will bring you more joy and happiness.

Save Time and Money

Shutting off some rooms of your home will help you in several ways. You won’t need to worry about cleaning the room so you’ll save time and energy every week. Closing the vent will prevent excess heat or air conditioning from entering the room so you’ll effectively cut your utility bill. Keeping some rooms closed off will allow you to use the closets for storage. You’ll effectively be able to make your home smaller. If you need the space for a visiting relative or a live-in medical support assistant you’ll have access to it.

 

If You’re Moving

If you’re thinking about moving to an assisted living or retirement home, starting to sort through your house now will save you time and energy. Knowing how much of your things you would like to bring with you to an assisted living community will help you better decide which style apartment would be best for you.

For free information about senior living communities in your area, and to find out if there are apartments available that will accomodate you or your loved one, call (866) 662-0435 to speak to your local Care Advisor.