SmartSizing is more than just downsizing. It’s about envisioning the space that suits your needs today. Whether that means moving to a retirement community or re-imagining your existing living space, SmartSizing will bring you big benefits.
Trying to do it all at once is overwhelming. Start small with an item here and there. As you get more comfortable and confident, you can tackle streamlining one room at a time. You may think there is no way you can part with special things, but chances are many items can be handed down to children, given to friends or donated.
Use colored post-it notes or stickers to divide items into three piles: 1) Keep, 2) Donate, 3) Toss. This allows you to prioritize and really consider the next steps.
Enlist others to help you start downsizing. Asbury also has a network of professionals that can help you with every step of SmartSizing from decluttering to moving to decorating, including our own team of move-in coordinators to make moving easy.
Take a step back and assess how you live in your home. Consider how your lifestyle has changed. No matter how many rooms we have, we spend most of our time in three rooms – the kitchen, living area and bedroom. You may think staying in your home is the best for you, but retirement communities are very different from what you may have in your mind. Plus releasing yourself from the responsibilities that come with owning a home gives you freedom and more time to pursue your interests.