Downsizing Help

Signs Your Loved One May Need to Downsize

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Determining when a loved one may need to downsize is not always an easy task. They may be weary about moving out of a home that they've lived in for years or they may simply believe that it's not time to move yet. Although it can be difficult to figure out when a good time to downsize may be, there are signs to watch out for that can alert you to the fact that the time may be approaching. Here are some of the top signs that your loved one may need to downsize.

Not Being Able to Keep Up with the Home

One of the most obvious signs that a loved one may need to consider downsizing into a smaller home is the inability to keep up with their current home's upkeep. Homes require a lot of work, from simple everyday tasks to more robust responsibilities, and these tasks can pose problems as we age. Tasks that may start to be challenging, include:

  • Mowing the lawn

  • Cleaning

  • Tidying up

  • Small repairs

  • Washing dishes

  • Doing laundry

If you notice some of these tasks are being left undone, you may want to sit down with your loved one and find out why. It could be that they simply can't keep up with these tasks anymore, causing them to pile up. If this is the case, it may be time to discuss their next steps.

Unused Space in the Home

For a lot of us, once children have moved out of the home, we're left with a lot of empty space, and finding out what to do with that space can be difficult. For some, it may be easy to reconfigure a room to accommodate a sewing space or a home gym, but for others, these spaces simply remain unoccupied. It's important to get to the bottom of why these spaces in the home are unused. Is your loved one trying to figure out what to do with them or is it becoming a challenge to even get to the space? This can be the case for spaces that are located upstairs in the home, as stairs can begin to pose a problem as we get older. Take a look around your loved one's home and take note of the unused space. It may be time to trade in that excess space for something more manageable.

Mounting Monthly Expenses

The costs associated with a home can really add up. Energy bills alone can become a problem, especially if the home is spacious and requires more energy to heat and cool. Property taxes and other bills can also begin to pose a challenge, especially if your loved one is on a fixed income. Choosing to downsize can help to alleviate some of the financial stresses that come with living in a home that is too big for your loved one's needs.

In paying attention to some of these subtle signs, you'll be able to discern whether or not it may be time to help your loved one downsize. Take notice now, so that you can be there to help them transition into their new home when the time is right.

Why Decluttering and Downsizing Before You Are Ready to Move is a Smart Idea

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Moving day.

There are a lot of thoughts and emotions on this day, but most people mainly tend to feel stress, anxiety and maybe a hint of sadness. Moving is a difficult task to take on, especially if you are looking to downsize into a smaller home. This means that not everything you currently have will be able to come with you to your new residence. That's why it's important to set yourself up for success when it comes to tackling this challenging task. Going through your belongings and figuring out what can stay and what needs to go is going to be a key factor in your move. Here's why decluttering and downsizing before you are ready to move is a smart idea.

Make Packing Easier

In knowing what you have and which items you wish to keep, it will help in many facets of the moving process. Getting rid of items that you don't want to take with you now can save you from packing them later. After all, you'll just be bringing these unwanted items with you to your new home, just to have them collect dust in a closet. Often times, many older adults, in particular, are opting to move into a smaller home, which means that some of these items simply won't fit in this new space. Going through these items now will not only make the packing process easier, it will make it quicker and help you to stay organized as well.

Make the Moving Process Quicker

Less items generally means less time moving them. In decluttering and downsizing before you're ready to move, you're able to get a realistic plan in place, so that you're ready when it's finally time for the move. Don't move unwanted items into your new space if you know that you'll never use them. Instead, tackle this task now, so that you can move with ease.

Make Unpacking a Breeze

Moving can be a long, tiring process, and all you may want to do when you get into your new space is settle in. In downsizing early, not only will it help you settle in faster, you'll also get accustomed to living without some of the items you chose to get rid of prior to moving. Take some advice from the experts on the key tips to effectively downsize. They include:

  • Take inventory of what you have.

  • Map out your new space (if you have one already).

  • Go through your current home room-by-room.

  • Figure out which items can be kept, tossed, sold or donated.

In staying organized throughout this process, you're able to have a firm grasp on the outcome of your move. Start getting organized now. It can vastly impact your future move.