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Downsizing 101: Why Going Small Can Pay Off Big

Let’s face it: bigger isn’t always better. Even though you love your big, beautiful home, is it really fitting your lifestyle anymore? After all, a big home with a yard and all the trimmings is a lot to keep up. From yard work to utilities to cleaning, it just takes more effort. Now that you’re older and are approaching retirement (or have been retired for a while), you may simply decide that you’d rather spend time doing other things.

Many seniors these days are choosing to downsize their space in order to make their lifestyles a whole lot simpler. We’ve got a bunch of them here at Melrose Meadows! While the idea of moving away from the ‘family home’ may take some time to get used to, you could find that going small pays off in big ways. In fact, many of our Melrose residents wonder why they hadn’t downsized sooner.

Here are just some of the benefits that downsizing can bring to your life:

You can finally declutter.

Do you have boxes in the basement you haven’t opened for years? Is your spare room more like an additional (overcrowded) closet? Are you really only using two or three rooms in your big house? Downsizing forces you to get rid of the clutter and instead focus on what’s really important and meaningful. Go all Marie Kondo and ask yourself if your stuff is “sparking joy.” If it’s not, perhaps it’s time to reorganize your stuff to fit your lifestyle.

You can move to a more accessible space.

Getting older isn’t always fun. For example: stairs. As we age, it can be harder and harder to get up the stairs, meaning that you may not have full use of your home (plus you elevate the risk of falls and injuries). Even if you’re still healthy and active, it may be beneficial to move to a smaller, one-story place before your health or mobility force you to.

You gain more time.

A smaller space means less upkeep – and more spare time for you. With fewer things to care for, you can spend your time as you like, whether that’s traveling, picking up a new (or old) hobby or simply relaxing on the porch with your favorite beverage for hours at a time. Whatever you’d like to do!

Don’t worry – there’s help available.

We know – the idea of downsizing can overwhelming. Trust us, sometimes it pays to hire professionals. Senior move management companies can help handle the entire downsizing process – from decluttering to boxing up to even listing items for sale on Craigslist or Ebay. They can also help with getting a home ready to sell and streamline the moving process, too. Think of them like your fairy godmother of moving – in a bibbidi, bobbidi, boo, you’ll find your lifestyle transformed in ways you never imagined!

Ask us about local downsizing experts and move management companies – we can recommend some great people to work with!

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Melrose Meadows Retirement Community
senior apartments in Iowa City

Phone: (319) 341-7893

Fax: (319) 248-1183

350 Dublin Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246, USA

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