Many of you are considering downsizing, so my current situation may allow me to start a helpful conversation. If we’ve been online friends for a while, you may remember that I moved to a smaller home and sold or donated many of my possessions a few years ago. Even after numerous downsizings, my house remains full of objects, furniture, and rooms I rarely use. I have been planning another major edit for more than a year, so the time has come to try to sell my home and make even more life changes.
Remaining positive and flexible throughout life cycles is healthy and more pleasant for everyone. However, the most challenging part of adapting to change can be accepting the process and the timing. I am watching my aging parents and friends as they agonize over the necessary decisions to accommodate diminishing health, physical abilities, and sometimes limited financial situations. I’ve learned a great deal from their examples. Don’t wait until you are too old to make changes or enjoy the results of your labor.
Significant changes come with many decisions and options. Sometimes we must consider what is best for the other people in our lives, but some of us face these decisions alone. It can be extremely daunting. But when I realized I was spending most of my time on maintenance and tasks that did nothing to fulfill me, I decided to make some changes.
How are you dealing with downsizing and the life changes that come with retirement? Have you learned helpful lessons in letting go? Many (including me!) could benefit from sharing tips and encouragement in the comments below.
I have given family heirlooms to cousins with children, although many young people today say, “No thanks, Mom.” Fortunately, my next home will be significantly smaller, so a brutal edit is necessary. I will share more about this as the process continues and I get settled in the new life. Until then, I hope you have a lovely spring.