Believe it or not, there is an upside to downsizing. In addition to the benefits of getting organized in general, such as:
- Reduced stress and frustration
- Improved quality of life
- Increased energy & productivity
- Paying your bills on time
there is also an opportunity for you to start a more secure and socially active way of life with more free time and the ability to do more of the things you enjoy and things that are important to you.
When you downsize you reduce the amount of stuff you own. In doing so, you may also find you have more space. For example, wouldn’t it be great if you could actually store your car in the garage! I can’t tell you how many clients I have that are simply unable to do that because of the all the “stuff” currently situated in that space. Imagine that! Actually putting your car into a garage!
And let’s face it. Many seniors need room to move around in a space. Too much stuff creates barriers to safe living.
If barriers exist due to excess furniture and belongings, you’ll need to downsize your living space to reduce the amount of furniture in your home.
But scaling down from many rooms to just a few is a massive job. What’s really important is the type and amount of furniture that will fit in your new space. There will be instances where some spaces may have to do double duty. For instance, in your new home the living room may also have to serve as your office or your craft room. This means looking for items for your home that are multi-functional, such as a console/sofa table that you can also use as your desk. You’ll need to be creative.
When it comes to downsizing, start with a single step. If you love it, keep it, if you don’t, use the opportunity to let it go.
Ultimately, downsizing is also the process of sorting through all kinds of stuff to determine what is most meaningful and important. By removing the clutter, the treasures that are most meaningful will have more space so they can be treasured EVEN MORE!!!
Many are doing it for a better quality of life. So can you. Are you up for the challenge?