Getting rid of the stuff that we spend our lives accumulating is an inevitable task for most of us. Some people absolutely dread the idea of wading through an overflowing basement or garage and would rather spend a day at the dentist. Others delight in decluttering, putting order to chaos, and getting rid of things they no longer need.
As we get older, there are a lot of great reasons to consider selling a large family home in favor of an easy-to-manage apartment or condo. After all, going smaller offers advantages that range from saving money to lessening household chores.
Ah, downsizing. Most of us did not even know that word a decade ago but now it’s everywhere. Not so long ago, people wanted to stay in their homes, after all they had raised their families and created memories there. “They’ll have to take me out in a box!” was the oft-heard refrain of many feisty seniors.
It's funny how life is sometimes. Many of us spend the first half of our lives accumulating stuff, and the second half trying to get rid of it all. Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller home, condo or apartment, when it comes time to paring down a lifetime’s worth of belongings, at some point during the process most people experience a feeling of being overwhelmed.
A few decades ago, it was not uncommon for elderly parents to continue to live, and even die, in the same homes where they raised their children. As the adult children of these ailing parents can attest to, this is no walk in the park. Weekly visits to mow lawns and clear snow made more than one of these folks wish their parents had thought to move into a smaller abode while they were still healthy.