A Guide to Downsizing For Seniors

There are many benefits to downsizing as a senior. Not only is there an amazing benefit to your mental health by reducing stress, but it can also help maintain a safer physical environment by reducing clutter and potential safety risks. Getting rid of your belongings can feel like an impossible task, but we believe it to be an achievable and worthwhile goal. Like with any large tasks, it’s best to approach it in stages. Here are some tips to help you in your own downsizing journey!

The first step is to get a clear and thorough understanding of what you have; you can divide this task up room by room. Start by making a thorough list of every item in the room, being sure to include things like fixtures and furniture. This will make it easier to visualize what you have. Make to sure to put a checkmark beside items that are must-keeps.

Once you have a list of items you have, and a better understanding of what you need to keep, you’ll be in a much better position to start making decisions about what you can get rid of. It’s also a great way to identify which items can be passed on to other family members or friends, such as photo albums or other keepsakes. Downsizing can be an emotional process; memories and significance are attached to belongings over the years. This is why we recommend giving yourself plenty of time to make decisions on items to make is as stress-free as possible.

Letting go of possessions can be hard, but approaching the job in stages can help make the task feel more approachable. We can attest to the results of having less clutter to deal with, as many of our residents have had their quality of life improved by having less to deal with. Simplifying your life is one of the best ways to give yourself more time and energy to focus on things that are important to you. We wish you success in your downsizing journey!