Downsizing your home can be stressful enough as it is, let alone without worrying about what to do with a lifetime of possessions.
Whether you’re moving to a retirement village, a smaller home or unit, or to an aged care facility, there is ways you can keep some of your unique personal style and make your new home just as homely as your family home.
One of the biggest obstacles is sorting through possessions.
A lot of people put off doing this, that’s why they put off downsizing.
Family dynamics can make it worse, especially if mother has furniture that the kids don’t want or the kids start to make decisions about possessions for her. Here is some advice for the main downsizing decisions – assisted living, and retirement living.
Even if you’re not downsizing to an aged care facility, chances are you may have to help a loved one such as a parent through that process.
Some assisted living facilities may have shared rooms or there is just limited space in a private room for you or your loved one.
It’s important to measure up and see if any existing furniture can be taken to the assisted living facility.
That can be important to a lot of older people, but often their furniture is too big or it’s not stable enough.
There are really simple inexpensive storage options out there, such as the little cube units, that people can put their belongings in before they are ready to let them go.
All those little treasures in their home can still fit in their room if they have a small shelf.
It’s important to bring those little touches with you to make it homely.
If you’re helping an elderly relative through this process of downsizing to assisted living, then it can be very stressful on everyone.
You may need to bring a specialist third party in to assist you.
It’s important to include your loved one in the process, even if they don’t completely have mental or physical capabilities to assist.
Most retirement villages, over-55s communities or lifestyle resorts offer small, one-and-a-half or two bedroom units.
This is the downsizing scenario you’re most likely to undertake.
It’s one of the biggest, most life-changing events you can experience after you retire.
But instead of viewing it as a stressful experience, look at it as a good opportunity to “cleanse your life”.
If you don’t make it a nice living space, and fill it with clutter, it can be overwhelming for you.
Moving is a good opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter, not just possessions, but also to cleanse your head and address those things that have been living in the background for some time.