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10 downsizing tips for seniors

For most senior citizens, there comes a time when the family home feels too big and it feels right to downsize. People downsize for all sorts of reasons, including reducing living costs, moving closer to family, and access to facilities such as medical care and community services.

Whatever your reasons for downsizing, you don’t have to let the stress of moving overwhelm you.

Declutter Your Home

Chances are, you’ve accumulated a lot of belongings over the years. Since you’re downsizing, now’s the perfect time to go through your things and decide what’s really important to you. Decluttering your home and sorting through your belongings is the starting point for the downsizing process.

Think About Your New Space

Your new home may not have as many rooms, and it probably doesn’t havefacilities such as a garage. Think about the furniture you have and what you can reasonably fit into your new place.

Consider Storage Facilities

If you have belongings that you love but know you can’t fit inside your new home, consider using a storage facility until you’ve decided what to do. Your family can also have a look and see if there’s anything they can take off your hands. 

Employ Movers

Don’t try to do all the packing yourself. It’s time-consuming, laborious, and often distressing. Arrange for moving specialists to help you on the big day.

Prepare Early

Moving is a stressful process, particularly if it’s not something you’ve done in a while. Start planning for the move as early as you can to minimise the stress you’re exposed to.

Accept It Will Be Difficult

Remember, you’re leaving a lot of memories behind when you move house. It’s okay to feel sad and down, and you probably feel a bit overwhelmed. Accept that it’s normal to feel this way and that the feelings will pass in time.

Ask For Support

Don’t forget to ask family members for help, especially if you’re upset over the prospect of moving. Families and friends are there to support you through difficult times–don’t be afraid to lean on them.

Consider Your Legacies

When you move, think about what property you wish to leave to others. Perhaps you have jewellery you want your daughter to have, or collectibles you think your brother will love. Instead of leaving these legacies as gifts in your will, offer them now. This will help you declutter, and ensure that everyone gets the property you want them to have.

Have A Plan For Moving Day

Once you get the keys to your new home, you don’t want to spend the night rummaging through countless boxes for the essentials. Pack a suitcase or a bag with everything you’ll need for the first day or two, such as toiletries and a change of clothes, to give yourself a chance to adjust.

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful when you have the right advice. For more information on downsizing your home and how to make the best out of your move download our free ebook today.

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