Thinking of Going Smaller? Paring Down Your Living Space
Thinking of going smaller? Are you downsizing or rightsizing? First of all, what comes to mind when you think of downsizing? For instance, many of us think of loss. Therefore, losing square footage and getting rid of some of our possessions. In the first place, it can be a very difficult task in deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. But, if we change our perspective from downsizing to rightsizing it can be a fun transition.
So, what if we think of it as a thought process determining the life we want, at the stage of life we are currently in. For instance, do you really want all that stuff that is in your garage, closets and cupboards? It can be a freeing experience getting rid of the items you are not using on a daily basis. Also, think of what is going on in your life currently and what expectations and responsibilities you face. In other words, feeling like something is ending with downsizing, think of rightsizing as a whole new beginning!
Rightsizing! Questions to Ask Yourself
In this case, to understand rightsizing as a value and not as a loss, consider the following questions;
- What would like to do starting tomorrow if you could do anything you like?
- What activities do you desire, but never quite got around to doing it?
- If you can start with a clean slate and explore any way of life, what might that look like?
By all means, let your mind dwell on these thoughts for a bit. In fact, you may know the answers right away, or it might take you a while to figure it out. Indeed, now is the time to start the process. For example, rightsizing can help you break free of some of the responsibilities you no longer wish to have. Such as a pool, smaller or no yard maintenance and less square footage to clean. Here, you can consider eliminating anything that might cause you stress, worry or anxiety.
Thinking of Going Smaller? Or Staying Put?
Thinking of going smaller, or perhaps you plan to stay in your current residence throughout the remainder of your life. Important to realize, if your live in a large home you can consider disposing of things that really no longer have any meaning or value to you. If you are like most of us, we have tons of pictures in photo albums and boxes. In this case, you probably don’t want to get rid of all them, but now is a good time to share them with your kids and grandkids. That is to say, you may have other keepsakes and cherishables you would like to share with family who can enjoy your items for years to come. Remember, this is not about loss, but about taking control of what matters most to you.
After all, maybe you do want to move to a smaller home. All in all, you may want to consider a villa or townhome in an active adult community. For instance, Villas in Sun Lakes, AZ have one common wall and are virtually maintenance free. In this instance, your HOA fees will cover the cost of landscaping, exterior maintenance, roof and more. Or, you may be considering a continuing care retirement center. Here, you have your own apartment or condo with many amenities and activities galore!
If you are considering downsizing and are feeling overwhelmed call The Kolb Team and let us help you rightsize! Therefore, as the Arizona’s active adult communities experts we can help you plan the next exciting phase of your life! Of course, you will be thrilled with the number of options available to you. So, give us a call 480-809-5759 and let’s start rightsizing!
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