Great Advice on #Downsizing from Your Family Home

Downsizing

Updated with more resources:

Instead of just downsizing into a condo or one-storey bungalow, researchers say, retirees should consider what their broader surroundings may offer as their needs change. Here are five things to look for in an age-friendly community (thank you @AdrianaBarton).

Have you been tasked with the challenge of downsizing your Family Home? The situation may arise following a death in the family; for others, the challenge comes with needing a more manageable living space or the task of becoming a care-giver. But for all, there are many mixed emotions and a feeling of loss.

Sorting through a lifetime of treasures and clearing out your family home is emotionally exhausting. Although it seems that everyone is talking about simplifying, organizing and downsizing (if you watch reality TV), it is hard to stay objective. Moving for older adults is often accompanied by feelings of excitement, guilt and anxiety. Just the thought of going through years of accumulated treasures, downsizing and getting organized, causes people to become overwhelmed.

However, the goal of this Blog Post is to highlight that the simplifying process and discovering that living without so much stuff, is actually very liberating. Like all projects, downsizing is best tackled by starting small.

For those that need a little help, there are plenty of objective downsizing services in Toronto. WTSS does not endorse any specific services, but we wanted to share a starting place for your research.

Downsizing Diva

Red Coats

Top Cat

Moving Zoomers

Clutter B Gone

Please share with us other resources you’ve had a positive experience with.

Another great resource is Senioropolis.com.

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