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Spring Cleaning! Five Ways to Downsize Thoughtfully


Thinking about downsizing and moving to a senior living community? While downsizing can seem like a big job, having a well-thought-out plan can make it easier. We understand the sentimental value, volume, and practicality of your items can make it hard to determine what to keep. Explore our organization tips before your move. Let's start Spring Cleaning!


Find Your Motivation

Getting started on organizing may need some motivation! Your personal goals, such as reducing chores or participating in more social gatherings, can be a great source of motivation. Get inspired by looking forward to the aspects of senior living that bring you the most joy.

Imagine the possibilities for your new space for a fun way to get a sense of what items you should bring with you. We can work together to create a furniture plan for your future home at Village on the Park Onion Creek. This will help your decision-making process by identifying the items you want to keep.

Tip: To simplify downsizing, begin with a clean slate and gradually incorporate only the items that are essential to you, instead of trying to declutter all at once.


Find What Works for You

When it comes to downsizing, there are many different methods to try. It's important to find the one that works best for you! Consider what time of day you feel most motivated. If you're a morning person, it may be beneficial to carve out some time in the morning for organizing. Another option is to play music to keep your energy levels high while decluttering. We recommend experimenting with different approaches to see which organizational style you prefer!

Tip: Create a schedule for your downsizing projects, including designated break times, and stick to it. Having a set time for both work and rest will help you manage the process effectively.


One Step at a Time 

If you are someone who is goal-oriented, this packing hack is just right for you! It is advisable to handle each area or space separately. This way, you will experience a sense of success each time you finish organizing a full closet or cluttered desk. Checking items off your to-do list is always a rewarding feeling!


Categorize Items

Your possessions likely hold sentimental value and letting go can be challenging. Sorting your belongings into four piles will ensure each item is used efficiently:

  • Keep - This one’s easy! Hold on to valuable items that you will enjoy having in your new place.

  • Gift - For items with sentimental meaning that you no longer need, this is the perfect solution. Your children, grandchildren, or neighbors might have a use for them and will be happy to know they came from you.

  • Donate - Donating your gently used items to nonprofit organizations is a great way to help them find a new home. Make sure to look for local resale stores in your area, some of which may offer complimentary furniture pickup!  

  • Discard - Although it may not be your favorite task, the benefit of this choice is that your area will feel tidier once you dispose of items in the trash or recycling bin.

Tip: One way to predict if you will miss something is to think about whether you have used it within the last year. If you haven't, chances are you won't use it in the next year either.


Simplify Unpacking 

Don't forget to label every box with the items it contains and the room it belongs in while packing. This will simplify the unpacking process and ensure you can easily find everything you need.

Tip: Before moving day, prepare a special box labeled "Immediate Use" with essentials like glasses, medication, and chargers for easy access.


Though downsizing may be overwhelming at first glance, implementing these effective tips and tricks will streamline the process! Not to mention, downsizing brings about several benefits including less clutter, reduced home maintenance stress, and increased enjoyment at a senior living community.


Have questions regarding downsizing or want help with creating a plan? Our team is happy to help out!

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