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4 Tips to Help Your Adult Children Accept Downsizing

By Ilse du Bernard, 9:00 am on

If you have decided it is time to sell your family home and downsize to a smaller residence, you’re probably feeling a mix of emotions. And while your adult children may be happy to see you simplify your life in retirement, they may also be feeling emotional about the loss of their childhood home (no matter how long ago they may have moved out). Here are some tips from North Houston elderly care professionals to help ease the transition if your adult child is struggling with your decision to downsize.

1. Involve Them in the Process

You’ll need help clearing out the years of possessions that have accumulated in your home. Make this process easier by gathering the family to celebrate cherished mementos as you are working to pare down your things. Laughing over old photos, report cards, and memories is a good way to help your children feel closure and prepare for you to move on from the home.

2. Stress the Positives

Your children want you to enjoy retirement. So when having the conversation about downsizing, emphasize the reasons you want to do so: to feel more comfortable, to do less maintenance, or to live closer to family during your senior years. Help them see the benefits of taking this step.

3. Set Expectations

When you begin to think about downsizing, have the conversation with your children early and often. By getting them used to the idea a few months or even a year before you’re ready to sell your home, the transition process when the time comes may be easier than if they feel blindsided by the news.

4. Make a Plan for Your Stuff

You may think your kids will want your heirloom furniture, but the fact is they may have another vision for their own homes. Mentally prepare yourself to let go of items that are no longer useful, and consider holding a yard sale or donating things with life left in them to a charitable organization.

Many seniors downsize to make everyday living easier. For additional support, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our experienced caregivers in North Houston can help with everything from running errands and grocery shopping to cooking meals and cleaning. Call our office today at 832-412-1345 and schedule your free in-home consultation.