The two main factors to be considered in downsizing are mental and emotional obstacles. Both can cause people to feel overwhelmed. These are two of the most common obstacles prospective residents will have to overcome before they can sign on the dotted lines to move into a community.

Mental obstacles to downsizing

It is not an easy task to move. There are many tasks to be completed and complex logistics that need to be coordinated. Moving to a smaller house that can’t accommodate all your possessions adds complexity.

 Mental hurdles that seniors may have to overcome to reduce their size

There is enough “stuff “… to fill an entire house including the basement and garage. It’s enough for a lifetime! What can I do to decide which items to keep and which to throw out? What should I do with those things that I don’t have enough space for in my condominium?



How can I prepare my house for sale?

There are many repairs that need to be done, but I don’t know how to do them.

How do I pack and move all my belongings? I

t is difficult for me to do extensive physical labor. Packing and moving a whole house feels overwhelming.

Emotional barriers to downsizing

The stakes can be high when it comes to dealing with the emotional difficulties of moving. This is a major life-changing decision that will have a lasting impact on seniors’ lives. People may feel anxious, depressed, or unsure.

These are some of the most common emotions people feel when they think about downsizing.

This home has been our home for the majority of our lives. This is where we raised our children. This home was where we raised our children. We had holidays and birthdays here. We also grieved loss here. How do I sell this house?

I feel too young to be moving to a retirement home

I don’t need a walker or canelike so many others. I am not yet “that old”.

I don’t know if this is the right time for me, but I do know it will be my last. I am not ready to end this chapter of my life and start what feels like the last.

Consider the benefits and pains of downsizing

These reasons are not the only ones. It can be tempting to delay a move until another day, another year, or some other date when you feel you are ready. Some people decide to stay put and age in their homes, despite the overwhelming task of downsizing.


It is hard to deny the importance of downsizing

This involves letting go of beloved possessions and making big changes. Many books and articles have been written about the practical aspects of downsizing as well as the emotional side of this process. You can search for “difficulty in downsizing” on Google and get almost 1,000,000 results.

Here are some key points to remember as you make your move and prepare for downsizing.

While it may seem like the best option for the immediate, choosing to age in place rather than move may prove difficult in the long term. If you have a medical issue that requires care, this option could be costly. The average monthly cost of in-home healthcare is $4,000 per month (or higher depending on your level of care).

Also, choosing to age in place could cause problems in the long term. Your adult children may have to deal with the many challenges of caring for an elderly parent.

The hard task of sorting

Someone will eventually have to go through your belongings and decide what you want to keep or get rid of. They will also need to pack those items up, move them out of the house and sell your home. This task will again fall on your adult children or other loved ones. It can be an exhausting and heartbreaking chore for them.

Although it’s common to be unsure about making a move, few people regret their decision. The sacrifices they have to make, like selling their home or getting rid of sentimental items, are worth the benefits of living in a community designed for them, now and in the long term.

Build a social network

Another common refrain is that they are glad they moved sooner than they did waiting for the right time. They are grateful to have been able to establish relationships with other residents. These people can then be support and social network for the future, such as when a partner dies or there is a health problem.

Solutions for reducing the suffering of downsizing

There are many resources that can help seniors in the process of downsizing.

Senior move managers, for example, will take over the whole downsizing and moving process. As project managers or personal organizers, they help seniors sort through their belongings and make decisions about what to keep and discard.

Work with professionals

Professional moving companies can be hired with minimal preparation. They will pack your belongings, load them into a moving truck and unload them at your new residence. This includes arranging furniture and setting up beds. These moving companies will also pick up any boxes that you haven’t packed in your new house.

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist (r) designation means that real estate professionals have been trained on the issues and concerns of older home buyers and sellers. SRESs know that a senior’s home can be their most valuable and valued asset. SRESs are also sensitive to the fact moving is a difficult task for seniors who have lived in their home for many years.

Work with a move-in coordinator

There are also move-in coordinators that are becoming more popular. After receiving a deposit and agreeing on a move date the move-in coordinator of the community can assist with downsizing, referrals for handymen and realtors, as well as interior space planning and other logistics. This concierge-type service can help alleviate a lot of stress, both emotional and physical.



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