Making The Move You Want Without The Stuff You Don’t

By Mary Walsh, Move In Coordinator at Monarch Landing

For most of us, our home is a safe haven where we create memories, showcase our valuables, host gatherings with friends and dwell with family. It’s also our largest storage area. We seem to spend the first half of our lives collecting and storing various family heirlooms and valuables that accumulate through the years. The second half of our lives are then spent trying to donate or pass those items onto others. We keep our stuff because it held a purpose and function for us at one point in our lives. Lifestyles and interests change with the passing of time and still our stuff remains. “Stuff” can paralyze us with the uncertainty of what to do next.

Let’s talk about it, the “D” word. Downsizing can be a daunting project for many. The end result has many positives but getting there can be stressful if you don’t have the right support and plan in place to start the process. It is important to have resources available to help you sort through things and determine what items are truly valuable and important to you and which items can benefit others as gifts or donations. Downsizing can create less clutter, save you more money and give you the ability to live more simply and comfortably.

Rightsizing is downsizing your life’s belongings to occupy a new, smaller space. Moving to a Senior Living Community will likely take some downsizing on your part from your larger home and what a beautiful thing it can be! There are so many amenities available to you in a retirement community and the accumulation of stuff you’ve stored for years you can now easily go without. Talk to your friends who have already downsized and moved to a retirement community. Ask them, what was their experience like? How has their lifestyle changed with the move? How does it feel to have freed themselves of all those belongings?
Here are some important points to remember…

• Start space planning by creating a floor plan of your new home. The easiest way to start downsizing is one piece at a time. Separate items by categories: “throw away,” “donate,” or “keep.”
• Start downsizing early, as soon as you know where and when you are moving. There are many organizations who would appreciate your donations.
• Save your memories and your space with the help of services that can take your photos, slides and videos and transfer them to DVDs.
• Pack a “survival bag” for move-in day. Include medications, toiletries, change of clothes, important documents, kitchen and bathroom necessities and payment for the movers.
Monarch Landing has wonderful resources that can help you rightsize. You don’t have to go at it alone. And you will be happier because of it! Visit our Moving Services page to learn more or contact Kimmy Giudice with any questions at (630) 590-9818.