Downsizing 101: Moving into Senior Living

May 13th, 2019

With spacious apartments and ample storage space, it may seem as if you could take everything to your new senior living community. However, while your apartment may be large, you’re most likely downsizing from your current home — so you won’t be able to bring everything with you.

Check out these tips to help pare down your belongings.

Access Your Apartment’s Layout

Before you begin sorting through your belongings, call your future senior living community and ask for blueprints of your new space.

Seeing the dimensions and layout of your apartment will help you determine how much you need to downsize and make it easier to decide on what furniture to bring with you.

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Start Early (And Small)

The task of downsizing can be daunting. Be sure to give yourself enough time; if you aren’t rushed to make quick decisions about your belongings, downsizing won’t be as stressful.

Downsizing tip: The easiest place to begin when downsizing your home is the room with the most clutter. Start small by throwing away old newspapers and magazines or sorting through clothes you no longer wear. These items are easy to go through and will help get you thinking about other ways you can downsize.

Find Your Least Favorite Room

Clear out spaces that hold little emotional attachment, such as a laundry room. Because these rooms don’t have many specific memories or feelings, it will be much easier to throw away or donate the room’s contents.

Slowly build your way up to your favorite room so that by the time you get there, you’ll have a process for deciding what to do with your items.

sitting in the study room

Choose A New Home For Your Possessions

You don’t need to simply get rid of all your belongings. As you downsize your home, consider who you think would enjoy or benefit from your possessions. Keep in mind:
  • Family or friends: Sentimental items and family heirlooms make great gifts, especially if the items are associated with a meaningful memory.
  • Local charities: Clothing, appliances and other everyday items are always needed by charities. By donating these items, you could really benefit a family in need.
  • Rummage sale: Do you have items of monetary value? Sell them! Whether through a yard sale or other means, buyers will often come to you, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of moving items out of your home.

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