Downsizing: the practical way to simplify moving to Summerfields West 55+ community. Inspiration and tips.
Downsizing for a 55+ Move
Welcome to Summerfields West; distinctively designed, reasonably priced homes that define Monroe Township’s newest 55+ community. With five innovative models to chooses from you are about to shift your lifestyle to “wonderful.” And one way to plan for that move is to consider downsizing.
As you prepare to move into one of our manufactured homes, you might consider applying a few downsizing tips to make the process more effective with minimal stress. The last thing you want in a new home is a bunch of boxes that don’t even get unpacked. And frankly, you’ve likely forgotten what’s in them.
Here are a few tips that will be useful whether you are planning the move or have already done so. It’s never too late to simplify your life. It’s all about a fresh start.
3 Downsizing Tips:
Tip #1 – Comparing where you are to where you are going
Where you are now: You can make a sketch of the rooms in your current home. All rooms count because it all needs to go somewhere.
Where you’re going to be: Now make a sketch of the rooms in your new downsized home.
Consider how will all the items in the current drawing fit into the downsized one, and do you really want it all there? Your sketch should immediately convey the key items to focus on.
Here’s an example: You have 4 bedroom 3 bath with a full-size basement, attic, and 2-car garage. You are moving into a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom manufactured home at Summerfields West, but you’re not going to have a basement, attic, garage, or extra bathroom. One logical place to start removing items is the extra bathroom since bathrooms do not typically house sentimental items. Now look at the bedrooms that are not moving with you and decide what you want to take and what you can do without, room by room.
Tip 2 – A powerfully effective question to ask yourself.
What if you could only replace a small number of key things, what would they be?
What items haven’t you even looked at in some time
What specifically would you want to replace?
What items would be the most near and dear?
What things could you live without?
As westerners we have an abundance. When off-site storage companies are showing up all over the country, where we store stuff we have and don’t use, and we actually pay to store it.
Tip 3 – Make breathing room for your lifestyle.
What are you better off keeping as opposed to selling and having additional money? Which will benefit you? Of course there are many ways to remove these items.
- The “Tag or Garage Sale.”
- Donating to worthwhile causes
- Sell online
- Handing items down to family is always a great gesture.
What about those items that remain broken and you’ve never gotten around to repairing them?
You’re not alone here.
Many residents of Summerfields West 55+ land-lease manufactured homes have gone through the process of downsizing. There is absolutely no doubt that downsizing is preferable once you begin working it. Your life is about to become much more enjoyable.