When we think of downsizing, we think of moving into something smaller. But can you downsize and not move? Most Definitely!
Downsizing our possessions; having less in the home has great “upsizing” benefits. Read more about this in my post Less is More.
Downsizing at home is an option many seniors are now choosing to do. One way to manage the slowing down of age is to have less to look after at home. Outsourcing or obtaining extra help with physically demanding jobs around the home can also be of benefit.
Seniors I work with no longer want the work of maintaining the extra rooms they don’t use, yet staying in the familiar surroundings of their own home is important to them. Independence and community connection play a large part in the decision to downsize at home.
Downsizing at home will always involve editing our possessions, commonly known as decluttering. In some cases it will involve completely clearing out and closing some rooms off.
Areas to consider for downsizing at home:
- Large pieces of furniture
Space is quickly obtained by letting-go of large pieces of furniture.
Storage is not our best friend when we are downsizing because it allows us to keep things. Minimising our storage will naturally minimise our belongings.
- Other people’s belongings
This is often a problem when downsizing. Especially if children have left home and not taken all their belongings with them.
Starting as early as possible will enable a realistic timeframe.
Downsizing can be a very stressful process. Having a friend, family member or Professional Organiser can make all the difference. This has the benefits of an extra pair of hands and an extra pair of ears to discuss the process with. Involving another person makes us set a time and date to keep us on track.
If you are overwhelmed with a downsizing project and need some help, please contact me.