Thinking about downsizing your home? You’re certainly not alone. A recent survey found that half of all people over the age of 60 are ready to move to a smaller home, and that 64 is the “perfect age to downsize.” For some, this is because the nest is now empty, and they find themselves with more room than they need. For others, this may be because they no longer want to deal with going up and down stairs. Some find that caring for their home is more work than they want to do, while others simply want to save money and increase the size of their nest egg by downsizing.
One thing that almost everyone seems to agree on is that they want to move while they’re still young enough to really enjoy their new surroundings. And there is plenty to enjoy around the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, just a short drive from all the sights and experiences of Kansas City!
Downsizing can be a daunting task for anyone, both physically and psychologically. If you’re ready to make the move to a smaller home, here are a few tips that can help make the transition easier:
- Use the new space as a guide. After all, part of the point of downsizing is that you’ll have less to take care of, less to worry about, and more time to enjoy life when you’re done. So when it comes time to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of, one of the best things you can do is to think in terms of your new home rather than your old one. Maybe you really loved that old couch, but there’s just no place to put it in your new place. You’ll probably be happier letting it go to a good home than trying to cram it into someplace where it really doesn’t fit.
- Let go of the “maybe” pile. A few years ago a book on “decluttering” called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up made a big splash on the home organization scene. In it, author Marie Kondo advocated an approach in which you simply “discard anything that doesn’t spark joy.” While it may not always be that simple to downsize, letting go of things that you’re hanging onto because you might need or want them, or things that you’re not sure about, can free you up to make space for the things that matter most.
- Cull your collections for only the best bits. Over the years, we all acquire a lot of stuff. We build up memorabilia of our lives, and bits and bobs related to our hobbies, and we often forget how much space that stuff can take up. When it’s time to start making do with less space, it can be hard to let go of those collections, but often we can keep the best parts of them by holding onto a few treasured items and ensuring that the rest find a good home.
- Earmark items for particular recipients. Part of feeling good about letting go of items that you’ve had for a long time is ensuring that they go to someone who will appreciate them. A good way to do that is to earmark certain things for certain recipients. Rather than leaving that heirloom to your granddaughter in your will, give it to her today! Then you can see her enjoy it, and you can enjoy the space that it saves in your new home.
Whether you’re downsizing to save money, make better use of space, because you’re tired of going up and down stairs, or simply because you’d rather live someplace new, with new amenities and new neighbors that you can enjoy, there’s no better place to do it than the senior living community at Lazy Acres in Belton. To learn more, give us a call anytime during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form anytime!