The Upside of Down-Sizing

Posted on

Sep 16, 2013


Colorado - Northern Colorado

Share This
In my past career as a Physical Therapist, I did a lot of Rehab on folks that had suffered a fall (or falls) at home.
Many times, the falls could have been avoided by minimizing risk factors ahead of time. There are many causes of falls and many ways to minimize the risk. I want to cover just one of those risk minimizers in this short time we have: Down-sizing
By definition it means to simplify, de-clutter or take up less space. From the point of view of Rehab it might mean returning someone back to home to Age in Place. It may also encompass changing where you live.
So, why Downsize?
*Safety: de-cluttering your living space may reduce risk of falls. A more efficient living space may also help.
*Accessibility: Modifying your current space might make it easier to move about in your daily activities OR rent/purchase something that suits your physical needs (i.e.: NO stairs; all living space on one level, etc.). A Physical or Occupational Therapist specializing in Accessibility is helpful.
*Energy Conservation: less to clean. Focus on the want-tos vs. have-tos that come with a large house or tons of stuff. Spend more of your energy taking care of you (develop your hobbies, exercise, socialize, learn, travel) instead of spending most of your energy caring for your habitat.
You have worked hard now, enjoy!
Editors Note: This article was written by Dawn Mathis, SRES, GRI, ABR - Associate Broker @Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She can be reached at 970-481-5263.

Other Articles You May Like

Moving Can Be Stressful

Moving can be stressful, physically demanding, mentally exhausting and full of unpredictable challenges.  How do you best mitigate this uncomfortable reality?  At Armstrong Relocation Jack Treier Moving, we like to call it the M-O-V-E plan.M is for Manager.  Nothing is more important for a successful move than selecting the service providers, setting the service expectations, supervising the service delivery and assuring that service is completed as expected.  Someone must Manage the process.This can be you, the person that is moving, or it could be a family member or friend.  You also may choose a 3rd party service such as a Senior Move Manager or Senior Transitions Specialist.   Perhaps your most important decision in the move process is who is in charge?  Its a big job, so be thoughtful in your choice.O is for organized.  There are two parts to being organized.   The first, the intangibles, is the hardest.  You must be clear on your expectations, budget, timelines and preferences.  If you are serving as the move manager, get a notepad and a calendar and write it down.  Struggling with this part might just lead you to hire a professional move manager who will help you cover all the bases. The second part is being physically organized.  First and foremost, know what you plan to keep and where it is going.  Then theres the Three Ds:  Distribute, Donate & Discard.  Distribute whats going to family and friends.  Donate whats usable & needed.  Discard whats not usable & needed.  And finally, you may wish to sell some items.  Your professional move manager can assist in evaluating your options or you can web browse for estate sales or auctioneers.   Just remember, items are only worth what someone is willing to pay.  Dont overprice and have surplus items at the end.V is for Verify and Vocalize.  All your service providers should provide you with Licenses, Training Certifications and Certificates of Insurance.  Do they background check and drug test their employees?  Get service commitments in writing and read the agreements and disclosures.  Are they accountable if something goes wrong?  Check out their on-line reviews and the Better Business Bureau.  Vocalize your expectations and concerns. E is for Engaged.  Whether you hire a move manager, get help from a friend or family, or go at it alone; stay engaged in the process.  You are the most important aspect of a successful move.  Your being satisfied with the results is the priority.  Make sure success does not slip through your fingers. Armstrong Relocation Jack Treier Moving is a full-service Moving & Storage company located in Lancaster County for over 70 years.  Fully licensed in Pennsylvania (a regulatory requirement for movers), Armstrong has the reputation as the trusted central Pennsylvania mover.  Armstrong can customize its services to meet your budget and performs local & long distance moving.  Armstrong specializes in having nice, careful and hardworking crews.  Check us out on Google and at the Better Business Bureau.

Tuesday Tip - Storage

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Organizer