Spring is approaching. Birds are chirping, and colorful flowers are pushing up from the ground. As you throw open your windows and begin your usual spring cleaning routine, consider starting the downsizing process. Although downsizing your family home into a more manageable (and engaging) senior living community apartment can seem overwhelming and emotional, following a reasonable timeline and set of tasks can keep you on target for achieving your upcoming move.
Ask for Help
Downsizing your family home isn’t something you should attempt to do on your own. Rally some of your family members and friends to assist you with the process. You’ll need some extra muscle to move furniture pieces to be donated, and it’s always nice to have friends on hand to give you the reassurance and encouragement you need.
Give Yourself Time to Remember
Your home is full of memories, and choosing what goes and what stays can be emotional. As you pack up and sort through your belongings, give yourself time and permission to take that journey down memory lane. Consider taking photos of favorite items that may not be coming with you to your new apartment so that you can compile the pictures into a coffee table book that will be a happy comfort to you.
If you find that you are becoming too sad or upset while sorting through your home, ask a friend or family member to help you with the task. You are more likely to enjoy yourself—and take some emotional pressure off yourself—when you share the experience with a close friend.
Remind Yourself of the Benefits
When the tasks of moving and downsizing get too overwhelming, remind yourself why you are moving. Your new senior living community will offer you a beautiful apartment and new neighbors who share your hobbies. You will have a calendar full of events and programs to choose from, and will be treated to delicious meals throughout your day. When you remember the benefits of your move, you will feel more excited and ready to complete your downsizing tasks.
Set Small Goals with Rewards
If possible, consider spreading out your downsizing efforts over the course of weeks or months. Set small goals to keep yourself on track, and reward yourself when you meet those goals. For example, after you complete your tasks for downsizing your kitchen, treat yourself to a dinner out with friends at a favorite restaurant.
If you find that you aren’t sure how to break down your downsizing or how to make moving a smooth process, consider downloading our Ultimate Moving Guide. Packing and moving doesn’t have to be stressful and frustrating; with the right friends and the right checklists, you can get it done happily as you prepare to enter this next adventure.