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Practical Guide to Downsizing for Seniors

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Everyone reaches a point in life when we need to start thinking about downsizing. There can be a number of reasons, but we are gonna talk about one of the most common – seniors retiring. Once you reach that point in your life, after a couple of years you realize that you need to think about downsizing. Mobility diminishes, it’s tough to keep up with housework, and your home may have become disorganized in recent months. We created a simple guide for downsizing for seniors. There are tips and tricks how you can make all of this easy as possible.

The timing for downsizing for seniors

The best advice we can give you is to start thinking early about this. There some factors that you need to account for before deciding to downsize. For example, you need to think about the real estate market at that moment. It may be a bad moment for selling because of lower prices. You shouldn’t wait for some tragedy to happen to think about selling. When you feel that your health is declining, start thinking about it. That way you can avoid selling in a rush and for less money. If you are tired of the New York crowd, Brooklyn might be a good solution to look for real estate.

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Timing for downsizing

Why are you downsizing?

You need to ask yourself why are you actually downsizing. Are you thinking about moving somewhere near your family? Or maybe you want to spend less money on the housing so you can travel? You need to have a clear decision why are you doing this. Downsizing for seniors is not an easy decision since you will have to give up a lot of memories, habits, and things. Your new home should definitely have some advantages, positive sides so you can go through this.

Once you definitely decide that you are going to downsize, sell your house and choose a new one you need to start planning. You need to plan ahead and make a timetable. You shouldn’t try to pack up in one weekend since ti will be too emotional and hard. Keep things simple and easy.

Practical tips

Once you decide that you are selling the house and buying a new one, you can start planning. You need to plan the whole packing experience and decide where you will start. You should think about moving quotes Brooklyn and calculate your expense. It depends on the number of things that you are moving, insurance and similar. The very first thing is to calculate your expenses and your budget. Money can be a really important factor when downsizing for seniors come into question.

You need to start from small things, like packing up the linen. You shouldn’t start with big rooms full of memories since it will be overwhelming. And you need to understand where are you going and that probably you can’t bring all of your stuff. You should start packing the things you will definitely need in your new home. The most important thing is to change and update the address.

Packing tips

When you start packing, you will catch yourself thinking about good old days. You will have to make two piles of stuff- yes and no. There should not be the maybe pile since the whole point is downsizing. You will probably see yourself trying to keep duplicate items. You will try to keep old CD’s. But keep in mind that some items you can sell and that way earn a little extra money.

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Simple and easy packing

Help is something that you will definitely need. You should ask your friends, neighbors, and family to help you in this process. If you have a large collection, they can actually help you to decide which items you will bring to your new homes. Also, they can lift heavy items and move boxes. You will need a lot of packing supplies like boxes, tapes, bubble wrap. Check with the moving company can you get some for free. Labeling is also important so you can always know what is packed where. You will have to pack the open first box, so you can be all set up in your new home.

Also, you can start considering to gift some of your stuff to your dear friends and family. This can be also a bonding experience since you are packing up your whole life. You can consider donations to charity if you want. You can bring your memories to a new house, without creating a clutter.

Moving tips

Once you are done the packing, you get to the harder part – moving. Leaving everything behind and going for a new life. To avoid any additional stress you can talk to your friends and family about it. Also, once you hire professionals to move you it will be much easier to relax. In case you are determined to keep some stuff you can ask your moving company about finding cheap and quality storage facilities in New York. Maybe they even have their own storage unit that can help you in storing your items. They can have discounts for seniors as well.

You should have your boxes moved into the correct rooms, so you do not have to move them around. That is why, as we mentioned, labeling very important. The first few days should be dedicated to unpacking and getting to know your new home and neighborhood.

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Brooklyn as a new home

Adjusting period

After you have moved into your home and the period of downsizing for seniors is done, you should try to relax. You can go out, check out new places. In Brooklyn, you will have always new things to learn and see. You can meet a lot of new people and maybe try to find a new hobby. You can decorate your new home. Of course, you can always have some time to reminiscence about your old home. It is normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed. That is the main reason why you should try to explore your new neighborhood and explore this new chapter of your life.

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Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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