Downsizing Tips for Smaller Abodes
The onset of retirement can often be the perfect opportunity to downsize. Aside from its obvious financial benefits, downsizing can help to simplify your life, and make your retirement years a bit easier than they would have been otherwise. Keeping up with a large home can be a cause of financial, physical, and emotional stress at a time you’re supposed to be enjoying life to the fullest. Here are a few tips to help you in the event that you take the potentially wise step to downsize:
When moving out of a place that you have lived in for a long period of time, planning is an essential step to help make the process easier. How large is your new space? How many of your belongings should you be getting rid of? Can any of these items be donated to charity, or given to friends and family? The earlier you start, the more relaxed the process will be. As with many situations in life, leaving the logistics until the last minute is sure to be a stress inducer.
During a whirlwind move, it is easy to get lost in the clutter. Make sure to make a list of all of your packed items, so that they are easy to find during unpacking. Sometimes a box labeled “Living Room” is less than helpful when you’re looking for that TV remote during your first week in your new home. Be specific about what you’re packing where, and you’ll thank yourself later.
Although a big move can be stressful, it can also be an excellent time to implement money saving strategies that can last for years. For example, in your current home, it’s easy to mindlessly pay the exact same cable bill month after month since it’s part of your routine. Now that you’re uprooting, why not do a bit of comparison shopping for a less expensive service? Don’t forget, you have the ability not just to downsize your home, but to also downsize the expenses surrounding your life, so take advantage while you can!
The “First-Day” Box
Similar to our advice to stay organized, we’ve also found it helpful to create a “First-Day” box. This may include toiletries, prescriptions, cleaning supplies, a few utensils, and other necessities. You can help to plan this by taking mental notes during a typical day in your home. You might find that you need access to more of your things than you think!
By planning ahead, staying organized, finding creative ways to save money, and packing a “First-Day” box, you’d be surprised how much of the stress can be taken out of a seemingly daunting life experience. Although your new home might be smaller, it will be just as easy to fill with memories as you begin your journey into retirement.