Friday, November 8, 2019 / by Shawna Calvert
Have you ever considered downsizing? Many people view downsizing as a negative, especially when it's associated with moving to a senior living community. However, a lot of our customers changed their mind once they've moved and settled in their new smaller apartment. Living in a senior living community made it a lot easier to keep on top of their finances and enjoy a life free of exhausting daily chores.
Our customer Jason, whom we helped to sell his house and move to assisted living, gave us permission to publish his story on the blog:
"I guess every person with a family wants to have a large house with a yard somewhere in a nice suburb. Well, I was lucky to have it all: a good job, a happy marriage, and a large house for our family of five. Then the kids grew up and moved out. Suddenly, we had a property with lots of empty bedrooms. But we were used to living there and weren't considering moving.
We kept the kids' rooms nice and comfortable for whenever they came to stay with us but as they started their own families, the visits became less and less frequent. That's perfectly natural - they have their own lives! But we began to feel a bit lonely. Also, we weren't getting any younger and maintaining a large house got harder and harder. It had also become too expensive to live there. We were planning to sell our family home, pay out the remaining mortgage, and buy a smaller house somewhere closer to stores and all that, so that we wouldn't have to drive a lot.
But then my arthritis got worse. I couldn't do any yard work anymore and I wasn't much help around the house either. It was getting too hard for Meg to do all the chores and take care of me. We considered our options and finances carefully, and decided to move to a senior living community. I know it's not very common for couples to move to senior living but we just didn't want to wait for the worse to happen! We wanted to enjoy being together without the pressure of being on our own and no one to take care of us.
We knew that we would be moving to a much smaller place. You have no idea how much people accumulate when they live somewhere for a long time! I swear I wouldn't have bought or kept half of the things we had to go through if I had a second chance! The kids came to help us to sort through everything and they helped us sell a lot of our stuff online. We made quite a few bucks!
My wife was reluctant to get rid of many things because they were "precious memories" to her. But really, our memories are in our head. Most of those things were junk that collected dust. Finally, Meg saw things my way and we happily sold, donated and gave away a lot of our possessions. We only kept what was necessary and what really meant something. In many ways, downsizing was fun. We had quite a few laughs when we asked each other "Why on earth did you keep that?"
When we moved to our new apartment, it was just like moving to a miniature version of our house. We kept a lot of the furniture and are surrounded by familiar things.
We like living here. Less worries, less stress and no clutter in our home! We're glad that we found a community not far from where we used to live, so we know the area well and feel at home. We're also better off financially because I found out that I could use VA benefits to cover some of the cost. We've made new friends here and took up new hobbies - Meg joined the book club and I play chess every day with our neighbor.
I think people shouldn't be scared of downsizing and moving to senior living when they still have control over their lives. It works a lot better when you can plan everything yourself and not when something terrible happens and you have no choice."