Is It Time to Downsize?

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It can be difficult to decide when it’s time to downsize and begin the next chapter of your life. Downsizing can seem like a daunting task, and it may be something you have been putting off. After you’ve lived in your home for years, the thought of reducing your belongings and the amount of space you have can seem very overwhelming and nearly impossible to complete.

However, downsizing can offer many benefits, including reduced living costs and the opportunity for more freedom to do the enjoyable things in life. Read about some of the signs that point towards downsizing.

7 Signs It’s Time to Downsize

  1. Retirement. As you prepare for retirement, you will begin to think about your finances and how you can stretch out your savings as long as possible. An easy way to reduce your yearly expenses is by downsizing into a smaller space. Smaller homes are less expensive and typically require less maintenance and upkeep.
  2. Financial Struggles. If you’re struggling to afford your monthly home expenses, it could be a sign that you might benefit from living in a smaller residence. As you approach retirement, it is imperative that you’re able to save enough money to allow you to truly enjoy it. It can be counterproductive attempting to maintain a larger home you no longer need if it’s preventing you from saving your money.
  3. Lifestyle Changes. If you have recently become bored, anxious or even depressed, this could be a sign you’re feeling isolated in your home. Sometimes lack of visitors and activities can cause you to become lonely or sad. Downsizing to a smaller residence closer to friends and family, or to a senior living community where you can make new friends, can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  4. Unused Rooms. If you have multiple unused rooms in your current home, you may begin to feel the burden of upkeep. When you have unoccupied rooms, they not only cause more stress, but could result in unnecessary yearly expenses and maintenance.
  5. Health Complications. As you age, it’s natural to encounter new physical challenges. It might become more difficult for you to move around your home, especially if you have a multi-level home with stairs. Activities like walking up and down stairs may become a difficult and even dangerous task. Downsizing to a smaller, single-level home can help you maintain your independence longer and avoid unnecessary falls or other injuries.
  6. Inability to Keep Up with Housework. If you’re finding it difficult to keep up with regular household work, this may be a sign you’re ready to move into a smaller home. Houses require a lot of work and these chores can become more difficult as you age. You might find it’s easier to enjoy your retirement in a smaller, easier to manage home that doesn’t require continuous upkeep and maintenance.
  7. Empty Household. Once your children move out, you might begin to feel grief, loneliness and maybe even depression. If you’re experiencing these feelings, you might find that a smaller residence feels more like home. Moving to a senior living community, like Advent Christian Village, can also help you socialize and avoid feeling lonely.

Start Your Next Chapter at Advent Christian Village

Advent Christian Village is a vibrant senior living community located in Live Oak, Florida. Our community celebrates living life to the fullest and enhances the quality of all our residents’ lives. At Advent Christian Village, we offer residents various senior living options such as Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care. All of our senior living options give you the opportunity to live the meaningful life you deserve.

Contact us today at 1-800-647-3353 to learn more about our senior living options, and what Advent Christian Village can offer you as you start your next chapter of life.

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