You’re not alone! Moving, no matter the circumstances, is never an enjoyable experience. While it can be exciting as you anticipate living in your new home, the actual packing and moving process can be overwhelming and stressful. This is especially true when downsizing your home and deciding what to keep and what to part ways with.
Our team at Oaks Senior Living is familiar with the downsizing process. Our senior living communities in Georgia are experienced in not only providing exceptional, person-centered care but also helping residents transition into their new home. We are sharing essential tips that can help you successfully downsize your home.
Tip 1: Start Early
If you wait to start packing, you create unnecessary stress for yourself and others involved. Do not try to sort through and pack your entire house in one day or weekend. This will only lead to stress, anxiety, and rash decisions. You could end up packing your entire home without downsizing at all or get rid of things that you did not have or want to.
When you start downsizing your home early, you give yourself the chance to take your time, stay organized, and be thorough. You are able to mindfully sort through your belongings, decide what to keep and what to get rid of and successfully pack for your upcoming move.
Giving yourself a couple of weeks or months (depending on the size of your home) to sort through your possessions will help you feel less rushed, less overwhelmed, and less stressed.
Tip 2: Start Small
When you think about downsizing your home, it is easy to feel overwhelmed at such a big task. Instead, approach the process in small chunks. By focusing your attention on one area at a time, you are able to reduce your anxiety about the overall goal.
Tip 3: Do Not be Afraid to Ask for Help
Chances are you have had to get creative with how you store your belongings over the years. Boxes of old hobbies, seasonal decorations, or clutter you did not want to get rid of at the time have more than likely accumulated and have been stored in hard-to-reach places – especially in the attic or basement.
Instead of struggling to reach and move boxes, ask a family member or friend to help you. This will not only help the downsizing process go more smoothly, but it will also prevent unnecessary falls or accidents.
Tip 4: Choose Joy
If you are moving to a senior living community or apartment in Georgia, you probably will not have the same amount of rooms you do in your current home (hence the need for downsizing your home!). Items in spaces such as an office or garage will need to be cut down thoroughly.
As a tidying expert, Marie Kondo coined the question, “does this bring me joy?” “The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go (konmari.com).”
Tip 5: Bring the Feel of ‘Home’ to Your New Place
The downsizing process can be an emotional experience. You may find sentimental items that you have not seen in years, and the thought of getting rid of them could be too much. What is important to remember is that you can decrease the clutter while still bringing the feel of your current home with you.
If you have a collection, consider picking only a few to keep and take photos of the rest. Make a photo book or scrapbook to bring to your new home. This way, you will still have the memories while decreasing clutter.
Bring family pictures and familiar furnishings to decorate and fill your new space.
Downsizing is inevitable at some point in our lives. Whether the move is into a senior living community in Georgia or a smaller, more manageable space, the need to organize and decrease clutter will be present.
Our team at Oaks Senior Living is here to help with the transition into senior living. To learn more about our vibrant communities and the services we provide, we invite you to contact a member of our team or visit our website.