It can be overwhelming and emotional. You may have years of memories and lots of stuff in your home so, there’s lots of work to be done.
Moving can also provide you with additional support for your day-to-day activities; perhaps transitioning to an assisted living community is the right choice for you.
For more than 20 years, Downsizing Diva has helped seniors and their families downsize their homes and transition to retirement residences or assisted living communities. We do this with care, compassion and a little comedy too.
Here are some things to think about as you consider transitioning to a retirement residence.
As you prepare for the move, you’re bound to discover things you had long forgotten, like photographs from days gone by, favourite music, special knickknacks and vintage clothes. When you take time to share some of these treasures with family and friends, you may be surprised at the reactions you get as you celebrate the good times… together!
It’s one of our favourite sayings and the BEST reason to duplicate areas of your existing home in your new home. Look for your “special nest” area – a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. When you create the floor plan for your new place, incorporate as many aspects of your “nest” as you can – a chair, a table, a lamp, a pillow, a box of Kleenex… get the idea? Your goal is to create a cozy space where you are relaxed and feel at home… again!
A huge part of your move preparation will be the downsizing and packing bits. Minimize distractions by packing items that are INSIDE cabinets, closets and cupboards first. Out of sight really is out of mind. By keeping the BIG picture, the same for as long as you can, you will feel less anxious about what’s going on.
The last thing you want to do is add the stress of downsizing and moving to an already busy “to-do” list. Call Downsizing Diva, the downsizing and moving specialists. They understand the stress you’re going through and can make the transition easier for you and your family.