Downsizing By Choice
L.W. Lynett, a 60s era IBM exec, once said, “The most effective way to cope with change is to help create it.” I’m a strong believer in this statement. None of us likes to have things done to us, and the best way to stay in the driver’s seat—influencing the speed and direction of change—is to take proactive steps ourselves. Downsizing can be that first step.
By planning ahead you get:
to stay in control of the decisions…and avoid making decisions in a crisis
the most choices…and the luxury of waiting until your first choice comes available
to get the most from the change
to give your family the gift of not having to worry about you
the opportunity to enjoy a new beginning
to focus on you and your needs, not your home and its needs
Downsizing Your Stuff
“Downsizing” can mean making decisions about your possessions—what to keep and what to sell, donate or give away—so your home is more manageable. I like to think of it as short-term pain for long-term gain. By downsizing your stuff, you upsize your life. By letting go of the old, you make room for the new, replacing things with experiences, activities and relationships.
There are so many advantages. If we want to stay in our own homes, it’s a lot easier to convince the kids we’re able to live independently if our homes are easy to manage, organized and safe. And if we eventually need to move to a smaller home or assisted living facility, we’ve done the heavy lifting already—literally.
Sorting through a lifetime of treasures to identify keepers and clutter can be challenging, but you don’t have to face it alone. An organizational professional, particularly one experienced in helping older adults, will offer insights, recommendations and that ever-valuable outsider perspective.