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5 Tips to Make Downsizing Easier

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Downsizing has become a popular trend among seniors who prefer to simplify their lifestyle, yet it does require some planning and adjustment. As you prepare to downsize, use these strategies from Fairfield Home Care Assistance to make things easier as you move to a smaller space.

1. Use the Sticky Note Approach

During the sorting process, it can be easy to forget where each item belongs. Grab a stack of sticky notes and a marker, and take a tour through your home. As you designate each item for donating, trashing, or keeping, place a sticky note on it explaining where it will go. This will allow others who help you to know right away if something is meant to keep.

2. Take Measurements

Sure, that sleeper sofa may look like it will fit in your new apartment, but having to move it a second time will be a pain if you find out later that it cramps your space. Make sure to carefully measure your new residence, and create a floor plan that accounts for the size of your furniture.

3. Focus on the Positive

As you pare down your belongings, you may find yourself swept up in memories. This can make it hard to part with prized possessions and memorable. Fight the nostalgia by instead focusing on giving these things to family, friends and local charities. Knowing that your favorite breakfast table will be used by a family in need can make parting with it easier.

4. Go Digital

Although you might not be able to take everything with you to the new residence, you can keep your memories. For example, you may not have space for every photo album, card and letter that you have amassed over the years. However, these items can easily be scanned into a computer so that you can peruse them later.

5. Seek Outside Help

Downsizing a home that you have lived in for many years can be overwhelming. For this reason, you may need to ask loved ones for help sorting through your belongings. Many seniors also find it helpful to have professional help removing the last items so that they can focus on setting up their new residence. By arranging for help, you can focus on only the parts you prefer so that you have a fresh start in your new home.

If you or an aging parent could use help during the downsizing process or throughout the week with everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, and running errands, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer flexible hourly and live-in care for Fairfield seniors to help elderly maintain physical, emotional, and mental health. Give us a call at 203-955-1915 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you.