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How to Downsize as You Step into a Retirement Community

February 9 2018

How to Downsize as You Step into a Retirement CommunityYou have recently been evaluating and weighing your options regarding living arrangements as you step into your retirement and have decided that moving to a retirement community may be the best move for you. But what is the best way to go about downsizing your life in your current home, so you can live comfortably in a smaller residence?

 

Always Have a Plan in Place

 

Having a plan already in place ahead of time awards you with the advantage of knowing exactly what should be done and when it should be done to help alleviate any future problems or stress that may be associated with your move.
 
Maintain high productivity levels, set dates to follow for certain milestones, and write down what needs to be done so you can stay focused, motivated, and organized. Seek help from family and friends as well. You don’t have to go through the process of downsizing alone.

 

What to Include on Your List

 

As you make your list you will want to be sure to include key items including a list of your possessions that you will want to keep or give away. Start with either the kitchen or garage and seriously consider what you can’t live without. If you make a list before walking through the house, you may find that the process is a bit easier because you are not seeing everything. If you can’t think of it without seeing it, then chances are you can live without it.

 

Declutter

 

As you are going through your possessions to downsize, consider the use for them and if that item will still benefit you in a retirement community. A lawnmower, for example, may be an item to part with because many retirement communities might already have lawn maintenance in place. When deciding which items to keep or discard, make sure you are considering your new living arrangements to help determine if you will need any of your possessions to help you later.
 
Finally, have fun and if you can’t decide to keep something or throw it out, then put it aside for a bit. If you do all this ahead of time you have the opportunity to take your time and go back to an item later if you find that you will actually need it. Don’t let the process turn into a spontaneous or spur of the moment kind of thing.