If you’ve decided to make the move into a retirement village or an over 55s independent living or lifestyle community. First of all, congratulations! Secondly, have you started downsizing your belongings yet or are you continually putting this off?!
The process of sifting through and parting ways with material items, even those that do not hold any sentimental or monetary value. This can be quite difficult, even overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to make the necessary cutbacks for this next chapter of your life:
1. Take your time
This is important. Before you leap into this task with the vim and vigor of Tidying Expert Marie Kondo, take some time to plan your decluttering. Are you fit to pull down items from hard-to-reach places and lift boxes? You can always ask family and friends for help if you don’t want to hire professionals.
It’s also worth considering what your future needs may be in terms of health concerns, pastimes, likes and other interests. And make sure you don’t lose sight of the available storage that awaits you in your new home within your chosen retirement community.
Is there a garage that has extra space for overly large or seasonal possessions? What is the volume capacity of bedroom, laundry and kitchen cupboards?
2. Pass down the unnecessary
Do you need to keep all those boxes of glassware in your attic? What about those old power tools in the garage that you haven’t used for decades? It makes more sense to pass certain items on to family and friends who could use them or alternatively, sell them and have the money there for something you may need in the future. You can also opt to donate clothes, books, and other personal items to charities, shelters or other groups that could use them.
3. Go digital
Some of the things that you would understandably have a hard time letting go of are your collection of family photos and home videos – precious images and reels of your childhood, wedding day, vacations and countless family birthdays. In this day and age however, retaining these cherished memories does not require physical space. Technology can help you preserve all those priceless moments in high resolution. Whether you ask a tech-savvy friend or engage the services of a specialist, these personal records can be scanned, converted and then uploaded onto your computer or other digital devices.
4. Save it for later
In the process of sorting and decluttering, you will find possessions that are extremely hard to get rid of. It can be tough to let go of things that matter to you, especially if you have no one to leave them to. One solution for this is to put such belongings into a storage unit until you figure out what to do with them. Tip: First ask your closest friends and relatives if they are interested in any of these items.
5. Work with a Senior Moving Manager
If you can afford this next tip, then don’t hesitate. Hiring the services of moving specialists can make the entire process easier and faster. They will take care of everything from sorting through your belongings and setting up a garage sale to helping you arrange your new space in the retirement community.
If you are still having a hard time choosing an over 55s luxury independent living resort or retirement village in Victoria, we recommend taking a look at Aviva Communities.
Feel free to call an Aviva Communities New Home Living Specialist on 0447-641-770.