7 Tips for Navigating the Downsizing Journey

Downsizing is a journey that can be both emotional and liberating. While making a move like this can feel like the end of a chapter, it also marks the start of an exciting new era. 

From the lower-maintenance lifestyle to the chance to create a welcoming new space, downsizing presents the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. Whether you’ve already started the process or you’re just beginning to think about it, these tips will make the transition feel less daunting and help you embrace the change positively. 

1. Prioritize Sentimental Items

Downsizing doesn't mean getting rid of cherished belongings. Pick out your favorite pictures and items that bring up fond memories to incorporate into your interior design. This ensures your new downsized home is filled with warmth and familiarity, making the transition even easier.

2. Create a Layout 

While you want your home to feel comfortable, it’s equally as important for it to feel spacious. 

Obtain a floor plan of your new home and decide where your items will go. This strategic approach will help visualize how and where your belongings will fit. Worried about big or bulky pieces of furniture? By using our interactive furniture planner tool on your desired home plan page (ex. The Sterling), you’ll know if it makes more sense to sell or donate your furniture instead of having it make the move. 

3. Take Your Time

Starting your downsizing journey early is key. 

Plan ahead and find floor plans that fit your lifestyle and goals. Even if you’re not looking to move for a few years, this early start allows you to make decisions at your own pace. If your circumstances do change, you’ll already have a plan in place to help you from getting overwhelmed. We make the home-buying process easy, so whenever you’re ready, we’ll be here to help. 

4. Consider Multi-Functional Furniture

If you’re still worried about your new space feeling too cluttered, look into multi-functional furniture.

Sofas that unfold into beds or coffee tables and ottomans with built-in storage can be a game-changer for downsizing. Choosing pieces that are both stylish and functional will make you love your new home that much more. There are also plenty of other storage solutions out there that will help you make the most out of every square inch. 

5. Involve Loved Ones

Downsizing is a family affair. It’s important to talk to your loved ones as you start this new chapter, as their support and input can help make decisions easier. Plus, you can have fun together picking out the new home and community where you’ll create lifelong memories.

6. Embrace the New Community

As you downsize, you're not just moving into a new home — you're becoming part of a vibrant Starlight community. 

Take a walk with the dog in your quiet neighborhood or entertain friends on the back patio. If you have grandkids, find a nearby park for them to play at or watch them just outside the window. Getting involved in neighborhood activities and building relationships with your new neighbors will foster a sense of belonging and make your downsized space feel like home in no time.

7. Call the Professionals 

It’s never been easier to move. 

While nobody loves the idea of packing up a home, there are plenty of moving companies, storage pods and moving box kits that make the process quick and efficient. There are even downsizing and senior moving specialists who consider your unique situation and help make your transition easier. Big changes can be scary, but don’t let the fear of moving hold you back from starting a new lifestyle you want to live. 

Ready to start the next chapter? Our Home Guides are ready to help you through this exciting step of your journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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