Aging involves countless transitions, whether it has to do with the physical changes in one’s body or having to adapt to downsizing when the time comes. Having to adjust to new environments and arrangements where you’re introduced to an entirely new “normal” will always be tough, and it is completely normal to feel this way. If your loved one requires a bit of help in transitioning to a smaller space, perhaps our tips can help.
Plan Your Process to Avoid Anxiety
When it comes to moving or downsizing, these are normally accompanied by feelings of anxiety and fear of the unknown. To many older adults, the prospect of deciding which possessions to discard and actually moving these items out of their lives to adapt to downsizing is scary. Items that they have guarded for decades may hold significant sentimental value and bring them immense comfort and cherished memories of their loved ones. In order to make this process less stressful, it helps to start early. This way, if you need extra help from friends and family, it is easier to schedule a time where everyone required can gather. Next, make a list of areas in your home that you’re trying to clean up – your bedroom, study, storage room, guest room, and more, and work on these areas one at a time to avoid overwhelm. Prepare a few big boxes for items to keep, items to give away or discard, and a third “undecided” box for items that you still need to think about.
Understand the Positive Benefits of Downsizing
It’s natural to feel emotionally attached to your belongings, especially if you’ve spent decades with these items around. You may have been nurtured in an environment where discarding personal objects was not a small matter since they may come in useful one day. We understand this process is not easy, but remember – you have a whole life ahead of you once you adapt to downsizing into a smaller living space. One with fewer home maintenance, house chores, new neighbors, the possibility of forging new, meaningful friendships, and more opportunities to enjoy your interests and passions. It’s perfectly fine to grieve over the loss of a home and inanimate objects, and it is healthy to go through this grieving process instead of rushing it. However, keeping your mind on its positive benefits after will help you immensely.
Set Goals and a Timeline
Do you know exactly when you want or need to move? If it’s out of state, some delivery trucks need to load a few weeks in advance of your move-in date. Knowing when the move will be can also prepare family and friends better for your move, so any farewell get-togethers can be scheduled. This is a great way of preparing yourself mentally and emotionally as well.
Why Choose Morada Pantego for Senior Living?
Our community offers one of the best senior living options that deliver superior, customized care and service 24 hours a day. Independent Living is the ideal option for older adults who wish to stay active during their retirement while living carefree.