Downsizing to retirement or independent living
Moving can be overwhelming for any one at any age or life stage, so it is hardly surprising that for anyone making a major life change such as downsizing to a smaller home or retirement, lifestyle or independent living, it can be emotionally and physically challenging, especially if leaving the family home after many decades …
Sorting through what has been accumulated over decades is often cited as one of the biggest hurdles for people downsizing. I often hear, “I can’t face the thought of downsizing because I worry about what will happen to all my stuff”. It is very sad when “stuff” has a major influence on important life decisions, and thus may affect one’s ability to age well.
Change is rarely easy and making decisions about what we can take and what we must let go can be tough. Some find it harder than others and, for some, the more we have, the harder it seems, so just getting started can be stressful.
Consider that each year we have lived has provided the opportunity to accumulate more possessions, thus as we age it can be more physically and mentally challenging to let stuff go –
- Stuff comes in, yet none goes out (failure to turn over)
- Lack of regular tidy ups and clear outs (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. Remember, you are more important than your possessions. Please do not underestimate how challenging downsizing 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.
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