The choice to move from your long-time home to something smaller is not easy, but it may end up being the best choice in the long run.
There are so many benefits to moving into a smaller place. When you move to a smaller home, it allows you to downsize (or rightsize) your belongings.
Steps to Follow when Downsizing
Rightsizing essentially means that you’re limiting your possessions to the things you need, the things you love or can’t live without. This can be made easy when you follow the following steps:
1. Don’t do it alone. Have your family or hired help assist you. This will alleviate some stress, and make the process move quicker.
2. Start early. The earlier you start, the easier it will be. Make it a yearly task — like spring cleaning, only make it more than just cleaning. Purge your home of the little knick-knacks you don’t need or use anymore. If you keep up with this every year, rightsizing when you’re ready to move will be a breeze.
3. Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” This is the primary question you should ask yourself. A lot of the times, the answer will be “No,” and there will be no other reason to keep it.
4. Start with a category. When you sort your things by category, you know which things you have repeats of, and this will make it easy to eliminate the extras. For example, if you have two copies of the same book, you could donate the other or give it to a family member who would enjoy it. Or if you have three different pairs of black pants, you could perhaps donate one pair.
5. Set items to the side. Are there some items you just don’t use but can’t seem to part with? Put them in a box, and set the box to the side for six months to a year. Come back to it, and if you didn’t miss it at all, you won’t miss it in the future, then you can get rid of the box and all of its contents.
6. Gift items. Perhaps you’ve been holding on to old toys over the years, but you nor anyone else ever uses them. Gift them to a child or grandchild who will treasure them for years to come! Or maybe you could sell them online for someone else to enjoy or collect.
7. Plan ahead. Know your future home and what will fit in it. Allow space for all your essentials, and then figure out what else will fit in the space that’s left.
When you’ve rightsized, you’ll be able to sit back and relish in your belongings, because you’ll be surrounded by only your most useful and meaningful possessions.
When you get rid of the clutter in your life, you find that you’re less stressed, and there are fewer pointless distractions in your day. You’ll be so glad you did it.
Ready to rightsize your way into a warm, welcoming retirement community? Take a look at The Esquiline to see if we could be the right fit for you.