Why Downsizing is Appealing for Seniors and Their Families

There are many reasons for downsizing–moving to a smaller residence, consolidating households, or just wanting to free yourself of all that “stuff.” Whatever your reasons, the process of downsizing can be liberating. Unfortunately, it can also be overwhelming, particularly for seniors. Not only does it seem like hard work, it can also be extremely emotional. In the long run, ridding yourself of things you no longer need can free you to focus on what is really important to you.

 

Downsizing

– Downsizing can save you money, and a lot of it. Depending on your particular situation your mortgage may be lower, you’re utility bills will go down, and you’ll have fewer expenses for property maintenance. The savings can add up quickly.

– When you downsize, you’ll have more time for leisure. Without the worry of the constant maintenance that a larger house can require, you’ll have more time to do the things you want—whether that is spending more time on an existing hobby or picking up a new one.

– When you are less encumbered by possessions, you quickly reclaim the flexibility that you may have lost over the years. Having more disposable income and more time gives you the chance to make your own decisions about how you will spend your time.

– Even if you are staying in the same home, downsizing can offer you a more stressfree life. Your home will seem bigger, you’ll have more room for entertaining or hosting guests, and having less clutter around can make you feel a bit lighter. Best of all, you’ll have less to clean.

– By making the decision to downsize and deciding for yourself what to keep, you are giving your loved ones a great gift. They will have the peace of mind of knowing that the right decision has been made about the disposition of each and every item.

 

No doubt about it, deciding whether or not to downsize can be difficult and frankly, a bit overwhelming. You will need to develop a strategy for tackling the job that considers your particular circumstances and you may need to reach out for help. One thing is certain, though, once it’s all said and done, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

 


 

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