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Tips for Downsizing and Moving into a Senior Living Community


For many people, moving into a senior living community means downsizing your home. It can be daunting to move from a larger space to a senior living community because you are going to need to make decisions on what to keep and what to give up. However, it doesn't have to be stressful to consolidate your belongings. Here are some tips from Ebenezer for how to downsize with ease.

Keep Tabs on Your Most Treasured Belongings

Think about which items you can't live without. Whether you've got fine jewelry, family memorabilia, or a special painting, make sure that you separate these important items from all your other things. To keep these items safe, store them at a family member's home or a storage unit, until you can safely transport them to your senior living community. You don't want anything precious to get broken or mixed up with the things you are parting with.

Try to Rehome Things or Give to Charity

You might feel upset throwing away your belongings. To avoid some of the grief that comes with purging your items, try giving them to your friends and family. That way, your items can continue to live on in the homes of your grandchildren, friends, old neighbors, and more. If certain things cannot be rehomed to people you know, you can give them to charity. Giving to charity allows you to help people in need, which will make you feel good about getting rid of the things you can't take with you.

Don't Procrastinate and Take Things Slow

Give yourself a lot of time to downsize. Downsizing is a great time to reflect on the times that you've had in your home, and you don't want to stress yourself out by waiting until the last minute. Cherish the moments you have going through your things with friends and family, and remember that there are good times ahead in your senior living community.

Ebenezer is a destination, state-of-the-art senior living facility. Our team is eager to help you move into your new home. For more information about our floor plans and facilities, contact us.

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