Take It Slow
Decluttering a home you’ve lived in for years can feel overwhelming. Start with one room at a time and pick a room that doesn’t have a lot of emotional attachment, like the laundry room or a linen closet. Be logical – do you really need more than a couple sets of bed linens and a few sets of towels?
Donate, Sell, Gift, Toss Or Keep
Having a family member at your side can keep you objective about what to let go of or keep. Choose mementos carefully, or pass them on to a loved one so you can still see them from time to time. Create five piles – donate, sell, gift, toss, and keep – and focus on making the “keep” pile the smallest of all.
Enjoy Giving Heirlooms Now
Has your granddaughter always admired your china? Give it to her now so you can enjoy seeing her light up when she opens your gift. There’s no reason to let keepsakes gather dust and stay in your will. Share them with family members now. You’ll get to clear out more space and enjoy making others happy. It’s a win-win.
Know Your New Measurements
Downsizing to a new apartment home likely means giving up space you’re used to, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice. Review the floor plan, and take careful measurements if possible, so you can get creative with the space. Look for ways to have large pieces do double duty as a table and a desk. Invest in furniture that includes storage features. Go easy on what you keep for your holiday décor – be sure cherished “keepers” will fit into your new resident storage unit (or rent a small unit off-site if needed).
Embrace Some Fresh Furnishings
The large pieces that fit fine in your house will likely feel overwhelming in a smaller space. Embrace the change as a chance to pick out a few lighter-feeling pieces. Opt for more refined styling like glass tops, smaller storage pieces, and couches that show a little leg. You’ll love the new look you create.
Experience The Silverstone Living Difference
An array of living options, picturesque surroundings, and resort-quality amenities. Your new care-free life awaits when you become a Silverstone Living resident. Learn more about our floor plans and our life plan communities, including beautifully appointed one-bedroom apartment homes, and then reach out to us to arrange a private tour. We look forward to meeting you.