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Spring Cleaning! Five Ways to Downsize Thoughtfully


Considering downsizing and moving to a senior living community? While it may seem like a huge task, having a well-organized plan can simplify the process. Choosing what to keep can be challenging due to sentimental value, space, and usefulness. Check out our organization tips before you relocate. Let's start the Spring Cleaning!


Get Inspired

Starting to get organized might require some encouragement! Your own goals, such as decreasing responsibilities or joining in more social activities, can be a fantastic motivator. Look ahead to the things in senior living that bring you the most joy to find inspiration.


Envision the potential of your new space as a fun way to decide which items to bring with you. Work with us to create a free furniture plan for your future home at The Village of River Oaks. This will assist in identifying the items you wish to keep.


Find What Works for You

There are numerous strategies to try when it comes to downsizing. It's crucial to find the one that resonates with you the most! Take into account your peak motivation time during the day. If you're most productive in the evening, consider organizing then. Alternatively, you can enhance your energy levels by playing music while decluttering. It's advised to test out various approaches to determine your preferred organizational style!


Tip: Organize a plan for your downsizing, with scheduled breaks, and stick to it. Maintaining a structured timetable for both work and leisure will aid in successfully overseeing the process.


Progress One Step at a Time

If you're driven by goals, this packing trick is ideal for you! Approach each area or section individually to feel a sense of achievement when you complete a closet or messy desk. Crossing items off your to-do list is a great feeling!


Sort Items into Groups

It can be tough to say goodbye to belongings that hold emotional value, but sorting them into four piles can make the process easier and ensure each item is put to good use:

  • Save - Make sure to keep valuable belongings that you want to have in your new space.

  • Gift - Think about gifting sentimental items you no longer use to your family, grandchildren, or neighbors. They might have the perfect use for it!

  • Donate - Give back to charity by donating gently used items. Seek out local resale stores that offer complimentary furniture pickup!

  • Discard - This option comes with the benefit of instantly making your space feel tidier when you get rid of items in the trash or recycling bin.


Tip: If you have not used something in the past year, it is not likely that you will need it in the future either.


Set Yourself Up For Success 

When you start packing for your move, make a point to label each box with its contents and the room it's designated for. By doing so, you'll make it much simpler to prioritize your unpacking tasks and quickly locate specific items.


Tip: Remember to pack a special box marked "Right Away" with necessary items like glasses, medications, and chargers that you'll need as soon as you move in.


When you first start downsizing, it can feel like a big task, but with these helpful tips, you can make it easier to handle! Plus, downsizing offers advantages such as having less mess, less responsibility in maintaining your home, and more fun at a senior living community.


In need of assistance with downsizing or designing a furniture layout? Our team is happy to help!

The Village of River Oaks

1015 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77019