Stress-Free Downsizing Tips For Seniors

Written by: Karoline Gore

Senior stress can be harder to bounce back from, and studies show that it can put pressure on the heart and lungs. Moving home can be stressful for many people, but careful planning can help reduce the amount of pressure it has on seniors. When the nest is empty, it may be the perfect time to start thinking about selling your contents and property to buy something more suitable for your needs. Have a look at some tips to do this without becoming stressed.

Pack Intelligently

The number of Americans clearing out their homes to downsize is increasing, with 46% of baby boomers recorded doing so in 2017. Many were between the ages of 45 and 64. Packing can be the most difficult part of downsizing, so enlist family and friends to help, reducing your stress levels. Clear out the things that are broken, damaged or that you don’t think will sell first. Consider donating some of your items to charity instead of trying to sell everything, as they may not do well at auction. Family members may like some of the things that you want to get rid of, so be generous with your possessions, while keeping the sentimental items.

Sell Contents In Bulk

Selling contents at auction individually can increase stress, as it costs more money and can take more time. Seniors are more at risk of high blood pressure and even cardiac arrest, and therefore many find moving home a daunting and stressful prospect. Selling home contents in lots can be easier and less stressful than selling individually. Many home owners are looking for great statement furniture pieces, and often stock up on these at auctions. You can sell items in categories such as living room furnishings, dining room sets, and bedroom furniture sets. Smaller items can be sold by means of a yard sale. As relocation has been shown to be stressful in older adults, getting assistance to sell your items will help to make the process simpler. Ask family members to list the items for you to make the process quicker.

Get Assistance From Technology

Online auctions and social media sites are great for selling furniture for downsizing. The number of older adults using social media has increased over recent years; therefore, many will be able to use it to sell contents for downsizing. There are also various apps to download on your smartphone or tablet to help with selling your contents: technology can help you to organize the move. You can take photos of your new property, and plan which items will go where. You can also plan your calendar and moving date using your smartphone, as well as finding affordable movers.

​ Don’t move anything that doesn’t have a designated space in your new home, as this will create clutter. The trick to stress-free downsizing is to ask for help wherever you can, and try to plan in advance.

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