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How to handle downsizing after retirement


Many of us like to save mountains of things excessively until we’ve run out of garage space. Understandably, people find it hard to part with their personal belongings, so they end up keeping them “just in case”. And it just gets harder to give up your stuff the older you get. However, downsizing means moving into a smaller home with a much lower storage capacity. And this will likely present an issue for many of us hoarders. Still, retirees can adjust to the new conditions successfully with support from moving and storage NYC companies. So, let’s take a look at how seniors should go about downsizing after retirement.

Here’s the key to successful downscaling for retirees

We know that doing something as radical as downsizing sounds hellish for older homeowners. And with help from moving company New York, the beginning doesn’t have to be the hardest, let alone the remaining process.  With this in mind, check out how downsizing after retirement can become a delightful experience.

an elderly couple sitting on a sofa and feeling happy about downsizing after retirement
Buckle up for the essentials of moving into a smaller living space.

Plan everything out

First of all, write a to-do list to ensure that moving into a smaller home goes uninterrupted. Here’s our proposal of what you should include in your list:

  • measure the width and length of your new living space and compare these measurements with the dimensions of your furniture and other large items
  • separate your practical items from the redundant ones
  • donate or sell your unwanted possessions
  • look for ways to expand your storage
  • estimate your moving costs NYC – many consider getting professional help to cut their expenses and save time
  • other activities that go into downsizing after retirement

Channel your creativity into expanding storage

Use your newfound free time to rethink the purpose of your items. In other words, use your imagination to come up with practical storage solutions. Additionally, you may be looking into styling your home differently this time around, so some of your redundant belongings may hold potential as storage holders. And if that doesn’t work out, you can always rent out storage units Brooklyn for a reasonable price.

a bright green and orange storage basket on a gray wooden floor
Every relocator’s worst enemy is a lack of storage space.

Call your loved ones for support

Clearly, downsizing after retirement involves a fair amount of physical labor. So, it’s best to have your children and younger family members do the heavy lifting. Among other things, their presence can help reduce the stress you may experience during your downsizing project. In contrast with your belongings, you are irreplaceable. Thus, don’t forget that the wellbeing of your mind is as important as that of your body.

Hire a moving company if all else fails

It goes without saying that we all have our ups and downs. Like many other life events, downsizing after retirement can prove too challenging and require reinforcements. However, contacting moving professionals is often a more liberating and cost-effective solution than working alone. Needless to say, it’s not an admission of weakness to ask for well-deserved help!

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Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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