Posted on Dec 23, 2014
As 2014 draws to a close and we begin to look toward 2015, many of us make resolutions to accomplish things in the New Year. The start of the year is a great time to benefit from the renewed energy to clean up and let go of things we no longer need. Reducing our possessions can lead to clearer thinking and a greater sense of well-being in our homes. It is also a great way to prepare for a potential move, which is becoming a more common scenario for seniors today. For health, safety or financial reasons, seniors may have to move in with adult children, into a smaller home or an assisted living community. Leaving a family home where they have resided for 20 years or more is a daunting task, a great part of which is deciding what to do with the accumulated possessions. This list from Karen Martin at Life Moves LLC offers 10 tips for seniors who want to start downsizing:
Downsizing does not have to be a negative experience. With advance planning, a firm resolve to pare down and a little help, it can be a liberating and joyful experience that enables us to be more mobile if the need occurs. As we prepare for a new year, take a look around your space and see if some downsizing would be welcome.
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