A: Sentimental items can be some of the most difficult to let go of. Glassware and china that’s passed down from a parent or grandparent can be a challenge. Oftentimes it’s not being used, so keeping it is not always practical. If younger family members don’t want the items (which is often the case), it’s okay to release them. You can either sell or donate the items.
A: Respect the limits of your space. When downsizing, it can be easy to bemoan the lack of storage space (as it compares to your current living situation), but a much more effective tactic is to reframe the transition. This is an opportunity to let go of anything and everything you don’t truly need or use or love. How freeing!
And, when you release those items (either by selling or donating), you are blessing others in your community who can utilize those things that were sitting unused in your former home. It’s a win-win!
A: You’ll know you’ve rightsized when you’ve released the items that you no longer use and no longer love. When you can look around and realize you have everything you need, plus a few things you truly love and want to display, that is what a rightsized life looks like!
Special thanks to Jeannine for sharing her professional advice. If you’re interested in her book, Ready to Rightsize? A Step-by-step Guide to Your Rightsizing Journey: For Older Adults and Their Loved Ones, you can order it here.
We’re also offering a free download of her worksheet below. This simple tool can be extremely eye-opening as you discover just how much stuff you really have.
If you’d like to see what a rightsized, resort-style life looks like, let us give you a personal tour of an RLC community near you.
Designed for your comfort, our community will feature studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom senior living apartments with a variety of floor plans and smart details to complement your lifestyle. Each apartment is unfurnished but includes window coverings, a climate-controlled thermostat, carpeting, ceiling fans, and ample storage. Enjoy the freedom to decorate your new home to your individual taste. The kitchens are fully equipped with a dishwasher, range, microwave, refrigerator with ice maker, and a garbage disposal. Our bathrooms are well lit with a vanity sink and storage cabinet, plus high toilet seating and a walk-in shower with handrails. Washer/dryer hook-ups are located in a separate laundry closet within the apartment. We also offer residents the option to use our community laundry room on-site. Our professional staff provides as-needed maintenance repairs and light housekeeping on a weekly basis.