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Spring Cleaning! Five Ways to Downsize Thoughtfully


Are you considering moving to a senior living community but feeling apprehensive about downsizing? Downsizing can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and strategies, it is very manageable. Explore our list of tips for getting organized before your move and start your Spring Cleaning!


Envision Your Ideal Space + Lifestyle  

It can be tough to start organizing, but drawing motivation from your personal goals can really kickstart your progress. If you're looking forward to less chores or more social gatherings in your senior living experience, use that excitement as fuel to stay on track.

Think about how your new space will be filled and decorated! This can be a fun and interesting way to figure out which belongings you want to take to your new home. We are more than happy to assist you in creating a furniture plan for your future residence at The Village of the Heights. Making decisions is much simpler when you have a list of items you want to keep!


A Process that Works for You

There are numerous ways to approach downsizing. It's important to discover what method suits you best!Think about when you feel most motivated during the day. If you're a morning person, consider organizing your belongings in the morning. Another technique to consider is listening to music. This can help keep your energy levels up!  Experiment with various methods to find the organization style that works best for you!

Tip: Set aside designated dates and times (with breaks included) for your downsizing projects and maintain consistency. Allocating specific time for working and resting will ensure a smoother process.


One Area at a Time 

If you're someone who likes to get things done, this packing hack is designed for you! It's best to tackle one space at a time to feel a sense of completion after sorting through a packed closet or messy desk. The satisfaction of marking off tasks on your to-do list is always great!


Creating Different Piles 

We realize the sentimental significance your possessions may have, making it challenging to let go. Sorting your stuff into four piles can help ensure each item is used effectively:

  • Save - This category is simple! Keep valuable items that you'll enjoy having in your new home.

  • Gift - For items that hold sentimental value but no longer have a place in your home, consider passing them on to your children, grandchildren, or neighbors who may find them useful. 

  • Donate - Supporting nonprofit organizations is a wonderful way to ensure your gently used belongings find a new, appreciative owner! Explore local resale shops in your neighborhood, as some may provide complimentary furniture pick-up services.

  • Discard - Though typically not as fun, the quick sense of relief that comes from throwing items in the trash or recycling bin is a good feeling.

Tip: Want to know if you'll miss something? Just think about whether you have used it in the last year. If not, chances are you won't be using it in the next year either.


Get Labeling 

Make sure to label every box with the items and corresponding room before packing. This method will assist in prioritizing unpacking tasks and locating items easily when needed.

Tip: As moving day approaches, be sure to create a box labeled "Right Away" for important items like glasses, medications, and chargers that you will need immediately after moving.


Downsizing doesn't have to be a daunting task - with these tips, it can be made much more manageable! The advantages of downsizing include a tidier living space, less stress in maintaining your home, and more fun activities at The Village of the Heights.


Our team is happy to answer any questions about downsizing for you!

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