Downsizing can be difficult, but often improves quality of life. Starting, however, can be challenging. There is research to be done, so it helps to have a guide during the process. Below are some tips that should get you on the right path.
Do Your Homework
Maybe you have dreamed of somewhere sunny, or perhaps you want to move back to the town you grew up in. Whatever choice, you need to do some research. Looking at something online is a good beginning, especially if the location in question is far. This can help you know what to expect when it comes to pricing of homes in your preferred size and location. Houses in Phoenix have a median sale price of $239,000. If that is outside your price range, it may help you to turn your gaze to other areas to keep from going over your budget. This is not a time you want to push your finances too hard, so you may want to avoid purchasing a home that requires major remodeling that can put a dent in your budget. For example, in Phoenix, the average cost of a kitchen remodel is more than $22,000, while a bathroom remodel will cost you $6,477 – $14,756. Downsizing should partially be about saving money. You also want to determine what a neighborhood is like beyond the prospective home itself to see if there are elements you’d like to avoid.
Packing and Lightening the Load
Begin letting go of belongings as early as possible because this is going to take a long time. It will likely be an emotional journey, and that’s okay. Knowing the dimensions of your home can help you plan out just how much you can take with you. Start with things you might have less attachment to, such as the linen closet or toiletries. When going through your kitchen, if you have multiples of the same item, ask if you really need them. If not, consider giving them to grandchildren just starting out on their adult lives or to the local charity shop. It’s important to avoid creating a “Maybe” section when downsizing. Instead, things you may want to keep should be offered to the family. You know they will be close and that they will stay in the family without having the burden of taking even more with you on your move.
Making the Transition Smooth
Moving is rarely simple, but there are ways you can make it easier. For instance, there are moving and organization companies that specialize in helping seniors. You can trust that they will respect you and the treasures you are taking with you. It helps to have a list, including both what you need to accomplish and when it needs to be done by. This way, you can break down each item into the steps you need to get it done. The best thing you can do come moving day is to have an overnight kit ready to go. In this kit, pack enough clothes to last a couple of days, as well as your essential toiletries and anything you will need immediately, from cooking supplies to sheets. This way, after you have had an exhausting day moving, you won’t have to immediately sort through multiple boxes just to find what you need to go to bed.
Settling Into a New Environment
Sometimes, we have to move to places where we may not know anyone, or we may be unfamiliar with the area. If that’s the case, it’s good to have a plan to get to know the region and its people. Focus firstly on what you enjoy. Do you have a hobby you love that may allow you to meet new people? Even things we think of as being activities for one can lead us to new connections. Your local craft store may offer classes for knitting, sewing, all kinds of things, that you could partake in and meet new, like-minded people. You could get a dog for companionship but also as a means to meet others at a dog park. You might consider volunteering as well, as this can be a way to give back to your new community while meeting good-hearted people.
Don’t be intimidated. Yes, it may take a good deal of work to downsize your belongings, but maintaining a smaller property could mean an improvement in your quality of life. Reach out to your loved ones and talk about downsizing today.
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