Essential Home Downsizing Tips for Seniors

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Whether you are moving to a new house or a smaller apartment, downsizing will help you to streamline your lifestyle. While it can be hard to let some things go, these tips from leading Kingwood senior care agency, Home Care Assistance, will ensure you are happy in your new home.

Start Simple

Trying to imagine downsizing an entire household is overwhelming. Instead, start by choosing a room that you feel the least attached to such as the guest room or the kitchen. Then, choose a drawer or shelf and begin there. Finishing this simple task will build your confidence for tackling more.

List and Label

Once you know where you are moving, make a list of the items that absolutely must go to your new place. Then, use a sticky note to label them as things you want to keep. Later, you can go through other areas of your home and place the name of the person or place to which you want them to go.

Donate and Repurpose

Watching years of hard work and memories go to the trash heap is devastating. Avoid feeling guilty about watching perfectly usable items go to waste by arranging for as much as you can to go to others who need it. For example, bins of yarn could go to a local charity that makes hats for newborns, or your guestroom bed could be perfect for a young family just starting out in life.

Treat Yourself

Although the idea is to downsize, you will still need a few new things for you future home. A new set of dishtowels or a fluffy new comforter can generate some excitement about your new residence. By treating yourself to something new, you will find it easier to let go of your old belongings and look toward the future.

Relax on Moving Day

After the stress of downsizing, moving day can still be emotional. If possible, try to spend some time away while someone else handles the bulk of the move. Enjoy a manicure or a lovely walk in your new neighborhood until your belongings arrive at your new home. Then, you can begin the process of setting up with a fresh perspective on your new living arrangements.

If you or a senior loved one could use help during the downsizing process or with everyday tasks like cleaning, cooking, and running errands throughout the year, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our live-in, hourly, and respite caregivers are expertly trained to meet a wide variety of senior needs, ensuring comprehensive, individualized care for each and every client. Learn more by calling 832-412-1345 and speaking with a dedicated Care Manager today.