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Before moving into a lifestyle retirement village, it’s common to begin the process of downsizing. Whether for financial or lifestyle factors, this can be quite an overwhelming task, especially as your retirement home can’t house all of your possessions. However, if executed well, this process can set the foundation for an enjoyable lifestyle in your golden years.

To simplify your downsizing journey, take advantage of these useful tips.

Do Your Research

Downsizing can often be a lengthy process. By setting and defining goals, difficult tasks will become immediately more manageable.

It is also important within the research phase to seek out any expert legal and financial advice about your downsizing options, considering the impact on your lifestyle and finances both now and in the future.

Pay A Visit To Your New Retirement Home

Visualising how your possessions will fit in your new lifestyle retirement home is an important part in the downsizing process and will give you a clear idea of which items won’t be accommodated for in this new space. Other limitations such as parking, corridors and lifts should also be considered before the moving process.

Seek Assistance

It never hurts to reach out to family members or friends for help decluttering in the downsizing process, particularly with items of great sentimental value. Once all together, use a downsizing checklist to plan every stage of the process, ensuring a stress-free, collaborative, and organised process.

Donate Items

Rather than throwing old possessions away, try and find a new home for them. Tackle one room at a time, ensuring the option to donate items is always there. Acts, like organising a garage sale or giving useful items to family or friends, will help reduce waste and give your items a second life.

Don’t Push Yourself and Enjoy the Process

Focusing on the possibilities of your new home rather than the items you need to discard will ensure a smooth start to the retirement journey. Enjoy the ride!

By no means is downsizing an easy feat but relocating to the right lifestyle retirement village for you can make all the difference in alleviating stress. Champion Lakes is one of one of WA’s premium retirement village. Our village is uniquely designed for over 55s who seek an active, social and secure retirement. For enquiries, please contact us at (08) 9390 3909.