8 Downsizing Tips

You’ve evaluated living options and found the ideal place to live out the next chapter of your life. Now what to do with all that stuff that’s accumulated over the years? Here are eight downsizing tips to help you downsize before your move.

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Make a plan.

Downsizing is process that involves different days of high productivity, with some space to reflect in between. When you see a move on the horizon, get out the calendar and set dates for those productive days. Define goals for each day, write down who will need to be involved to reach those goals, and get those friends and relatives involved early on so they can be ready to help when those days come.

Make a list, BEFORE you start going through things.

Involve a loved one if you think it will help, but it’s OK to sit down by yourself and write down the possessions that you would like to bring to your new home. While it’s not easy, it can be most helpful to write your list without walking around your house and pulling things out. If you can’t think of them now, you won’t miss them when they’re gone.

Start with the unsentimental stuff.

Sometimes, even parting with an extra cheese grater can be difficult. But if you start with the kitchen and the garage, you might be surprised how ready you are to tackle the living room and bedroom!

Visit your new home frequently before the move-in.

If you’re moving into a senior living community, spend some time with loved ones in your new apartment or cottage home and visualize your favorite possessions around you. Where will you put them? What won’t be necessary anymore? Then, when you return to your house, it will be easier to visualize where each item will or won’t fit in your new home as you’re organizing.

Be able to articulate each item’s purpose.

Alternatively, take the advice of Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, who advises you to pick up each item and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy”? If it doesn’t, set it aside.

Don’t dispose of things immediately.

You don’t need to throw away your old things just yet. Set them aside, preferably out of sight, and see how you get along without them. You could be surprised at how little you notice they’re gone — and how much you enjoy living with less stuff.

Don’t throw things away if you can help it.

Rather than chucking your old possessions in the garbage, where it will eventually end up in a landfill, you can find a new owner for many of your things. It’s not as difficult to part with familiar items when you know someone else will be enjoying them. And if you can’t give it away, try to recycle!

Have fun!

Downsizing is a chance to celebrate the items that really matter to you, while saying goodbye to those that have run their course. Involve your friends, family and loved ones as much as you can, and pour a glass of wine if it suits you. Cheers to this next step in your life!

Finding an Assisted Living Community

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When trying to find an assisted living community for oneself or for a loved one, there are many factors to consider.  The process can seem overwhelming, but having a checklist of things you are looking for can make the process easier.

First, determine what general location is best.  Will the resident be happier in the city or in a suburb?  Perhaps being closer to a particular family member is important.  Remember to include the resident in this decision, as the location of a home factors in to satisfaction.

Next, consider what you can afford.  There are new and different expenses associated with a transition to assisted living, but it can be affordable.  Cost will vary by community and by the services that are included or offered at the location.  Narrow the possibilities down to those within the resident’s price range. 

Each resident of an assisted living community will have unique needs.  In a conversation with the resident, decide what needs must be met.  Most assisted living facilities offer meals, and many have social activities.  The defining feature of assisted living is daily contact with a staff member.  If the resident will need assistance getting dressed or performing other daily activities, be sure the facility can meet those needs.

After discussing these factors and finding several communities to visit, go.  It is vital to visit several communities during your decision process.  During your visit, be sure to see more than just the public areas.  Look at different rooms, visit with residents to see if they are people that you would enjoy talking with, and perhaps eat a meal in the dining room. 

While you are visiting, don’t hesitate to ask questions about the policies of the facility.  Do residents have the option to eat in their room or in the dining room?  Are pets welcome in the community?  What types of activities are held on a regular basis?  Also, ask to see the most recent licensing evaluation of the community.

It may be important to have a shared room or a private room.  Assisted living communities may have both options, but only select availability.  Discuss the options for rooms if you are accepted as a resident.  Also, determine whether resident bathrooms are shared or private.  There may be rooms that have a small kitchen area with a sink and a microwave.  You may want to pay attention to storage options in the room; be sure there is space for the resident’s belongings.

Through your visit, you will get a sense for other factors affecting the energy and life of each assisted living community.  Do the residents seem happy and healthy?  Is the staff warm and smiling?  Do the staff members greet residents by name?  It is important to spend time in the common areas and get a true feeling for your comfort.

Be sure to include the resident in this search and decision.  Together, you will be ready for a successful and happy move.

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