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45 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 RIGHTSIZING FOR A NEW HOME Rightsizing: How to Make Life Simple If the idea of downsizing your current home for a future move feels like a significant and overwhelming task, 'rightsizing' may be a better solution. While downsizing focuses on the elimination of belongings that have been collecting over time, rightsizing is a system that focuses on what is gained in the process. For example, reducing belongings to a manageable level can lead to a lifestyle change that gives individuals the freedom to concentrate on what truly matters. This philosophy and current craze is captured by popular television shows like Tiny House Nation, where individuals, couples and families trade many of their belongings to live in small homes in exchange for a simpler lifestyle to focus on the things that matter, like hobbies, careers or family bonding. When older adults make the move from their own house to a continuing care retirement community, they are rightsizing and simplifying their lives. Choosing to leave behind years of belongings means exchanging them for an active, maintenance-free lifestyle. Downsizing in this way promotes the appreciation of the most important things, like loved ones, wellness and new experiences. Tips for Rightsizing: The process of rightsizing can simplify life if you follow a system and achieve your personal goals on time. The following is a list of additional tips to make rightsizing simple. 1.) Decide what you DO want to take with you to your new home, instead of deciding what you DON'T want to take. Make a list of your "must keep" items to ensure that specific items are brought with you to your new home. Share the list with those who are helping. By sharing the list, you are ensuring that you aren't leaving behind or throwing away any items that you consider essential. 2.) Prioritize the work and keep a list of tasks that need to be completed. Some tasks will need to be completed before another can be started. Finish any work you can do on your own, and hire professionals for the work that you can't. 3.) Ask for help from family, friends, and experts. The less work you have to do on your own, the better. Consider hiring a senior move manager to oversee the entire process and relieve you of many responsibilities. Their professional knowledge will make the process easier. 4.) Stay practical and realistic. There will likely be less space in your new apartment home than in your current house. Review the floor plan of your new home to make sure there will be room for the furniture you choose to bring. 5.) Donate, sell, or give away items that you do not wish to transfer to your new home. Many charities will pick up donations from homes. When selling items, hire an appraiser to ensure that items sell for a fair price, and gift sentimental items to family and friends who will cherish these items as much as you do. 6.) Choose functional items like linens and towels, bathroom items, office items, kitchen items and small appliances. These objects will be the most useful to you, while sentimental items may not have any practical benefit. Sentimental items can be better off in the hands of loved ones. 7.) Review the decisions you've made about what to take along with you. Refine your choices by going over them once again and disqualify anything that may not be useful in your new home. 8.) Keep the end goal in mind. Recognize that rightsizing will bring constructive changes to your life, and that the difficult work will be worth it in the end. These tips are only guidelines for transitioning into a maintenance-free lifestyle at a retirement community. It's up to you to make the changes in order to reap the benefits of community living. [] planning for a future move BY SPRINGMOOR RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

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