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June 19, 2012

Downsizing Can Be Fun! Planning Ahead Reduces Stress for Older Adults

When you decide to move to Kendal at Oberlin or maybe a new condo, downsizing may be part of your preparation. Downsizing can be beneficial in the long run, but sometimes people tackle too much at once, making it more daunting than it needs to be. When you decide to downsize, break the process into smaller steps.

Tips to make downsizing more manageable and more fun:

  • Turn on some music: If you are going through possessions to decide what to keep, what to give away, and what to throw away, you don’t have to do it in silence. Music will lighten your mood and it may even spur you to sort faster.
  • Get some help: If you have loved ones or friends who can help, enlist their aid. If you are able to schedule assistance for a long block of time, don’t rush it. Spend a little time laughing at your funny hats or marveling at your possessions. Arrange to send things to a place where you know they will be used or enjoyed. 
  • End your participation gradually: If your downsizing includes helping less frequently with civic groups or participating less in clubs and activities, you don’t have to go cold turkey. If you volunteer three times a week, start by only volunteering once or twice a week. If you were the president or secretary of an organization, take a step back from your post but continue your membership and keep connected by showing up for events.
  • Think of all that you will have time/room for: Perhaps you have always wanted to take up a certain hobby or you have a stack of reading you want to get to—downsizing can make that possible.

For more tips on downsizing, get our free guide, "Top 10 Downsizing Survival Tips."


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