[Updated: June 26, 2023 | Published: April 18, 2022]
For many Columbus seniors, downsizing to an independent living apartment or villa can seem daunting. You’ve collected a lifetime of memories in your home. Your pictures, family heirlooms and belongings speak to your family’s story over generations.
“One of the main reasons seniors put off downsizing or moving to a retirement community is dealing with all the ‘stuff’ that has accumulated over the years,” said Executive Director Rita Doherty. “Yet, if done right, the process may not be as challenging as you think!”
Letting go might seem overwhelming. You may not know where to start.
Yet, at some point, the things you own can end up owning you. Selling your home, moving, cleaning, sorting, repairing, replacing or otherwise dealing with your possessions occupies time you might rather spend living life to the fullest!
Moving to a smaller space opens a path to greater personal freedom.
Downsizing Steps and Considerations
Whether you’re decluttering for peace of mind or in preparation to move, getting expert advice beforehand can save you headaches later. Many Friendship Village of Dublin residents have used senior downsizing specialists to right-size their possessions, get the best price when selling unneeded items, and stage their homes for a quick sale.
Memories can be attached to items in your home, so make sure to consult family members before. Ask if they have an emotional connection to things you want to sell or donate. This can help you keep items you love in the family while still creating extra space in your new home.
It’s always easier to let go of something if it puts a little money in your pocket. Consider bringing in a professional to help determine what items have value. You could sell them in auctions, second-hand stores or using online platforms like the Facebook Marketplace. During the process of downsizing, organization is key – so clearly label what you’re going to sell.
You can find a new home for items without much intrinsic or emotional value by donating them. As long as the item is still in good condition, it’s always better to donate it than put it in the trash. Through the donation process, items can find another home where people will appreciate your items as you once did.
Six Upsides of Downsizing to Life in Perfect Balance
Here are just six of the many advantages to downsizing your home to choose an active senior lifestyle.
1. Right-size your life
Come home to a cozy apartment home, flat or villa that’s just the right size for you and your most cherished possessions.
At Friendship Village of Dublin, you can choose from over 30 one- and two-bedroom floor plans with up to 2,000 square feet of living space – including high-end finishes, custom closets, beautiful views and posh bathrooms.
“I love my apartment, but I don’t spend that much time here,” said Resident Lois M. “I’m out visiting friends, exercising, walking our beautiful grounds or taking part in a wide variety of concerts, programs and activities.
“Every day, I can choose something completely different – all without leaving our campus!” she added. “It’s almost as if I’m on vacation for life.”
2. No More Home Maintenance or DIY Repairs
Ditch the lawnmower, toolkit, and “honey do” list. While you’re at it, toss out phone numbers for your handyperson, furnace repair company, and plumber. A maintenance-free lifestyle means you never have to bother with frustrating home repairs again.
If you enjoy woodworking and crafts, you’ll find fully stocked workshops and craft rooms on campus. So you can put your carpentry and crafting skills to work making gifts for family, friends and grandkids!
3. Spend Less Time Cooking and Housekeeping
Hang up your apron! You can even throw away your pots and pans if you choose.
At Friendship Village of Dublin, your monthly fee covers routine cleaning and laundry.
And, with four restaurant-quality dining venues on campus, you can enjoy our chef-prepared meals instead of laboring in a hot kitchen.
After our culinary team cleans up, you can store any leftovers in your sparkling-clean kitchen.
4. Unlimited Free Time
Letting go of home maintenance and housekeeping means more time for family, friends, activities and experiences.
In fact, you can choose to spend every minute of your day engaged in whatever matters most to you.
Catch up with old friends, or make new ones. Take a day trip to a Metro Park or Amish Country.
Luxuriate in our on-campus Springwater Salon and Spa. Brush up on your hobbies and explore new ones. Every day opens with almost unlimited options.
5. Compatible Companions
As friends and neighbors move away, it’s harder to maintain relationships and to develop new ones.
But at Friendship Village of Dublin, you’ll have hundreds of like-minded singles and couples just outside your door.
Whatever your hobby or passion, chances are you’ll find someone who shares it. And, we have plenty of opportunities for you to bond over shared activities and experiences – like our Friday morning Coffee Klatch.
“You cannot be bored,” said Resident Mary S. “You’re always meeting nice people.”
6. A Worry-free Lifestyle
Put financial worries in your rearview mirror. At Friendship Village of Dublin, a single monthly fee covers:
- Your apartment, flat or villa, including all utilities
- Spectrum cable television and WI-FI
- Daily chef-prepared meals at our restaurant-quality dining venues
- Weekly laundry service
- Access to two on-site fitness centers and a large indoor swimming pool, including group fitness and personal training classes.
- A full schedule of on-campus programs and activities.
- Raised beds in our dedicated Resident Gardens to practice your gardening skills.
- On-site library, arts and crafts room and woodworking workshop.
- Central Ohio’s only on-site senior living community medical practice, operated by Central Ohio Primary Care.
- And much more!
You can also put aside worries about the cost of long-term care, if you need it in the future. Our exclusive LifeCare promise guarantees access to assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehab and memory care support if needed — all on-site within our familiar and friendly campus.
Thinking About Downsizing?
If you want a secure plan for the future with the benefits of a friendly, vibrant community, you owe it to yourself to explore Friendship Village of Dublin.
It costs less than you might think to enjoy the maintenance-free living, abundant activities and luxe amenities of our premier LifeCare community!
Our Residency counselors can help you explore the benefits of downsizing and find an option that’s right for you. You’re invited to schedule a visit to learn about all we offer!
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