Resolving the Downsizing Dilemma

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By Chloe JonPaul

Where are you right now?  Still in your house? Moved but confused?  As we age, change is inevitable but if you view it as a challenge instead of a problem, you’ll be just fine!

If you are considering a move to a senior residence (independent living) here is an action plan that really works!  Now… to keep or not to keep!

Your first order of business:  

  • Walk through your current dwelling and evaluate everything you come across: furniture, books, food, tools, etc.  Ask yourself: How often have I used it in the last year?
  • Label 5 boxes: New Home, Giveaways, Donate, Undecided, trash
  • Measure your furniture and get room measurements of your projected living quarters
  • Schedule your time spending 15-20 minutes in each room. Start in one corner of the room using your 5 boxes.
  • Plan an estate sale for large items.
  • Use a storage unit only as a last resort.

TRIED-AND-TRUE HELPFUL HINTS 

In your smaller dwelling, consider the following:

  • Bedroom & Closet: Underbed storage using Whitmore linen soft storage jumbo zippered bag, storage bench, Magical space-saving chrome hangers, swing arm slack hangers, foldable storage cube bins (sold at Dollar Tree)
  • Kitchen: Remove boxes from packaged goods and store items in plastic bins or small crates that fit on a shelf.  This saves lots of space!
  • Living/Dining Room Area: You don’t need to entertain more than 2 persons at a time so consider: a 3pc. Dinette set, love seat vs. sofa, wall hangings that are meaningful, TV, desk w/computer, 2 bookcases.
  • An efficiency apartment can hold these items nicely.

PURCHASED ITEMS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR ME

* Techni Mobili MDF compact computer desk
* RCA LED/LCD TV-DVD Combo
* 4-panel natural room divider shoji screen  
* Polder Compact accordion clothes drying rack that you can keep in your bathroom tub  
* Simple Designs LT 2014 2pk. Mini-touch Table Lamp Set.

FINAL REMARKS

It has been estimated that 80% of what we own, we never use.  Down-sizing creates a calmer environment, reducing stress, saving time and money.  By the way, I’ve never seen a Fed Ex truck following a hearse to the cemetery

Down-sizing affects us physically, emotionally, and spiritually so be sure to take a break – and for those of you inclined to pray, ask for a little PEP…patience, endurance, and perseverance.

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