Downsizing can be achieved many ways and in this blog we’ll be exploring various types of residential downsizing. At A Hand To Help, we understand that downsizing isn’t just about moving to a smaller space – it’s about tailoring your environment to align with your needs, age, and lifestyle.
Different types of downsizing.
Downsizing for aging.
When we think of downsizing, we usually think of moving due to aging and moving from a bigger home to a unit or supportive living. But it’s more than a change of address.
Letting go of a beloved family home and “right sizing” is challenging. As big as this transition is, it offers a living arrangement that better suits your life now. A smaller home means less maintenance, freeing up your time, energy, and resources for an easier daily lifestyle and new pursuits.
Downsizing at home.
Downsizing at home is a great choice when you’re thinking of moving in 3-5 years’ time or the home is too large for current needs. You may have rooms you don’t need to use anymore because children may have left the “nest”, or a partner has passed.
Downsizing at home allows you to edit your belongings, maybe close off a few rooms and engage regular help to enable you to live in a larger home and garden.
Editing and downsizing comes with navigating items that holds stories, memories or emotions. Homes will carry emotional weight in the form of your sentimental items. These might be items connected to a loved one, children, a friendship or relationship or inherited from family. They can range from large pieces of furniture to smaller memorabilia. These items aren’t always pieces you want in your home but keep because of the emotional connection or the expectation of others.
At A Hand to Help we understand emotional downsizing is challenging but can be a liberating process. It’s a celebration of creating a home that reflects you and your life.
Downsizing is a significant life transition and a strategic decision shaped by various factors such as health, finances, lifestyle, and emotional well-being.
If you are embarking on this journey, careful planning, consultation with professionals, and consideration of both practical and emotional aspects are essential. Our compassionate team at A Hand To Help are here to walk alongside you, ensuring each step is taken with empathy and understanding.
Whether embracing downsizing at home or proactively adapting to the changes that come with aging, downsizing is about creating a living arrangement that enhances the quality of life and sets the stage for your fulfilling future.