4 Steps to Downsizing for Seniors


It isn’t uncommon for seniors to look into downsizing after retirement. After the children move out of the house, you usually don’t need as much room as you once did. Plus, keeping the whole home clean can be quite the chore, especially as you get older.


However, downsizing can be complicated. It isn’t as simple as choosing a new, smaller home and then making the move. Deciding what to get rid of so you can fit into a new home can be difficult. Also, moving when you’re older is not as easy as it was when you were younger.

Here are four essential steps to help downsizing go as smoothly as possible.


Do You Need to Downsize?


While downsizing is common amongst seniors, it isn’t for everyone. Before you begin downsizing, it is essential to find out whether it isthe right choice for you.


If your children still live with you or you commonly have lots of people staying at your home, now is probably not the right time to downsize. Generally speaking, you should only consider downsizing if you really don’t need all the room you currently have in your home. If half of your house is unused, downsizing might be an option for you. If you still use your entire home, you might not want to downsize just yet, however.


If you find that a lot of your home is currently not being used, you should consider downsizing. Downsizing has some critical benefits, including decreased maintenance and giving you more money in your pocket. Downsizing also comes with mental and physical healthbenefits as well. Those who live in a decluttered home report feeling less anxious and having more free time. Plus, choosing to downsize also means that you’ll have less space to clean.


What to Get Rid Of?


At the heart of downsizing is getting rid of things you don’t need. Once you decide that downsizing is an excellent choice for you, it is time to start decluttering your home.


We recommend at least halving the amount of stuff you own. While this sounds like a lot, you’ll be surprised how many of your belongings are broken or unusable. It is also likely that you have some duplicate items, such as two or three of the same pots and pans. Getting rid of these items will significantly reduce the amount of stuff you own.


Make Space recommends scheduling a time to declutter your home and sticking to it. Doing so will prevent you from procrastinating.


Where to Move?


Now that you have less stuff, it is time to move into a smaller home. You should carefully research the price of houses that are in the right location and are the right size for you. For example, the typical home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sold for an average of $195,000 last month. While you’re researching housing prices in your area, you will probably notice that some neighborhoods are cheaper than others. You should carefully consider where you want to live and balance it out with housing costs in that area.


How to Move?


Moving when you’re older can be more difficult than it was when you were younger. After all, you can no longer do as much as you once could, which can make moving into a new home a challenge. We recommend enlisting the help of friends and family members to help you pack and move all your belongings to the new house. You might also want to consider hiring a moving service, which can take a lot of weight off your shoulders.


Whichever path you choose, allow yourself plenty of time for the whole downsizing process. It can take a lot of time to declutter, find a house, and move all your belongings, so don’t plan to be done very quickly. There is nothing wrong with taking your time every step of the way.


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