Why Seniors Should Not Fear Downsizing Their Home
For many seniors, the idea of moving out of their comfortable, old house is hard to handle. Maybe then spent too many years in one place, or maybe they have concerns about the move itself. But downsizing to a smaller home makes sense for seniors. It can save them a lot of money, it's likely their older home is too big to clean and maintain properly anymore.
Knowledge is often a way to defeat fear, so knowing how to downsize can help seniors get through it. That means knowing how to sort through their belongings, how to pack, and why getting a moving company is a great idea.
Knowing What To Keep
Downsizing offers a lot of benefits for seniors, but one tricky spot is sorting through a life's accumulation of possessions.When moving into a smaller space, there is less room for all of those beloved possessions. But deciding what to keep and what to get rid of can be difficult for seniors.
HGTV suggests first determining what’s necessary. Everything should have a purpose, so to help sort through things, determine what purpose these items serve. For example, that old VCR or dust-covered treadmill might not serve any purpose, which means it can go.
But instead of spending one or two days going through everything, Caring.com recommends focusing on one room or area at a time. Seniors often have built up an impressive collection of objects, especially if they live in a bigger house. It’s best to tackle one section at a time so it doesn’t get overwhelmed.
Tips For A Smooth Packing ExperienceOnce the sorting is complete, it’s time to start packing. Seniors can do this themselves, but it’s important to be smart about it.
Begin the process by focusing on small jobs at first. Instead of “I will pack my kitchen,” break that huge task down into smaller ones. Pack the unused appliances. Then go for dry goods, followed by plates and cups. By splitting things up like this, the packing process becomes more manageable.
American Senior Communities has a list of tips for seniors who are downsizing, including:
Start by contacting a few moving companies and ask some important questions like:
- Contributed by Mike Longsdon, exclusively for Bryan Lincoln Real Estate