Downsizing to retirement or independent living
Downsizing and moving can be overwhelming for any one at any age or life stage. It can be especially challenging for those further along their life journey, possibly moving to a smaller home or retirement, lifestyle or independent living, particularly if leaving the family home after many decades …
Sorting through what one has accumulated over a lifetime is said to be one of the biggest hurdles when downsizing.
Change is rarely easy and making decisions about what stuff we can take and what we must let go can be tough and emotionally tiring. When a lifetime of possessions needs sorting, there can be a higher level of emotional connection. Some people find it harder than others, for some just getting started can be confusing.
Consider that each year we have lived has provided the opportunity to accumulate more, thus as we age we need to let more stuff go and develop new habits and let old habits go –
- Stuff comes in, yet little goes out (failure to turn over)
- Lack of tidying up and clearing out stuff (possibly an inability to change habits as we age)
- Not understanding the abundance of stuff available for us to purchase, a “gadget for everything” – most of us can buy what we want when we need it!
- Feeling emotionally connected to items makes it harder to let stuff go …
- So if you have a lot of stuff and want to downsize, you will need to get sorting. Keep your stuff in perspective –
- you are more important than your possessions
- many items you have will have served a purpose in your life and are now possibly no longer needed.
Please do not underestimate how challenging dealing with a house full of stuff can be, the physical and mental input required nor the importance of planning. Developing a Transition Plan can help you focus on your priorities, objectives and keep you on track when you get bogged down.
allsorters regularly assists clients with –
- Developing a timeline for the move (including preparing the house for sale and settlement)
- Identifying and planning – what to take (what suits your new lifestyle in your new home) and what to let go (sorting into Functional, Favourites or Farewell (Mary’s 3F’s))
- Packing, moving, unpacking (small moves)
- Presenting the property for sale to maximise its sale price
- Preparing the property for settlement
Our ultimate goal is to ensure you are equipped to enjoy your new lifestyle and protect your health, happiness and welfare.
It can be a huge and expensive task sorting out an entire home – with allsorters help, you can concentrate on settling into your new home while we do what needs to be done to achieve your best interests in line with your budget. For those who just need a little assistance, we can provide one-on-one assistance or assist by putting together a plan. Ask about our Planning Consultation.
If you or a loved one is downsizing to independent or retirement living and need help, contact Mary to discuss your needs and identify the level of care required.
Mary specialises in working with clients in their third age (60+) and their families