Downsizing is a common concern for seniors of a certain age. If you’re planning on making a move into a smaller space such as a retirement residence or seniors apartments, it pays to plan ahead. Whether you’ve been living in the same home for decades or you’re the type who moves frequently, you’re going to have a lot of belongings that you won’t be able to take with you.
Downsizing with purpose is a way of slowing down the process. Downsizing means leaving behind a place where you’ve made memories. Doing it with purpose means taking the time to process your emotions and make deliberate, not rushed, decisions.
Tour Your New Alberta Home
Seniors in Alberta might be used to having a lot of space. Space limitations can come as a surprise when you move. Once you’ve chosen to move, you should tour retirement homes in Alberta to get a sense of seniors apartments and their layout. There are a number of questions to ask before you take a tour as well, such as the availability of amenities, dining, and transportation that can change what you will want to bring with you.
Tips for Downsizing with Purpose
#1 Give Yourself Time
Give yourself more time. You can start the downsizing process as soon as you start considering the possibility of moving. You’ll have time to imagine life without certain belongings and weigh the possibilities.
#2 Don’t Donate Things You Need
Leaving everything to the last minute can be a disaster. The pressure can lead to making the wrong decision, and you wind up donating things you need in the rush. It may not be the end of the world replacing them, but avoiding mistakes like these will help manage your retirement budget.
#3 Go Room by Room
When you’re moving into a smaller space like a seniors apartment from a large home, there will be entire rooms you will have to empty. One effective method is to eliminate entire rooms that you won’t have any more. Almost everything will have to be sold or donated in those rooms. For example, you may not have room for an eight-seat dining room table in your new home, or the need for one.
#4 Try Selling with eBay and Online Classifieds
When it comes to essentials like furniture that you want to sell, online classifieds like Craigslist can be a good way to quickly find people in the market. However, for antiques or vintage items, selling on eBay could connect you with a market willing to pay more. Going online will likely get you better prices than a garage sale today. You can even find a consignment seller who will do the work for you in exchange for a commission.
#5 Ask the Kids Before Donating
Ask the kids and grandkids if there’s anything they’d like to take that you aren’t keeping, but don’t be offended if they decline. You might be surprised by the things they cherish. On the other hand, they may be dealing with smaller spaces themselves and aren’t interested. There is very little point to storing anything. Once it’s in a storage locker, there is very little chance you will take it back out. Storage lockers are an unnecessary expense to keep things you don’t use or get to enjoy.
If you’ve decided to make the move, learn about our Alberta locations and get a sense of how much downsizing you will need to do. With different-sized apartments available (studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom), our seniors housing options in Edmonton and Calgary can accommodate various lifestyles and desires.
Give yourself time to downsize with purpose. You can call us anytime you have questions about the space and plan accordingly. You’ll feel calmer and better prepared.