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4 Downsizing Tips for Moving Into An Apartment

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As the new year approaches, you or your loved one might be looking at new goals, new changes, and even a new lifestyle in 2022. If you’re downsizing or helping a senior move, here are a few tips to help prepare for a smaller space.

Take Inventory

The first thing on the checklist for senior downsizing is to make an inventory of everything you have. It doesn’t have to be down to the last spoon, but list out the larger furniture items, valuable collectibles, and general descriptions of boxes in storage (example: holiday decorations). Use the list to help you keep track of what needs to be donated, given to loved ones, or sold.

Map Out Your New Space

One of the best senior downsizing tips is to use painter's tape to map out how much space you will have in your new place. Find the measurements for the closets and living areas and map them out on the floor in a room and a closet. As you sort through things, put all of your “Yes” items in the taped-off area to get a visual idea of how much more downsizing you need to do.

Go Room By Room

Decluttering and downsizing can be overwhelming. Go easy on yourself, go slow, and go room by room. Take the project in small chunks to make it less stressful. You’ll likely be downsizing to a place with fewer bedrooms, so start by eliminating furniture, decor, and storage in rooms you will no longer have.

Invite Your Loved Ones

Embrace the nostalgia as you downsize. Allow yourself the time to reminisce as you go through each item. Downsizing can also be a great bonding experience. Invite a loved one to help you sort through items and share stories. Other people can weigh in if you’re deciding what to keep or dispose of. They can even help lighten your load by taking a few things home with them.

If you’re looking for a quick, printable checklist to stay organized during the decluttering process, check out this handy resource. When you’re all packed up, find a Careage location close to you and start making the most of your golden years.

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