Less is More When Moving to a Retirement Community – Tips for Downsizing to a Senior Living Residence

Less is More When Moving to a Retirement Community – Tips for Downsizing to a Senior Living Residence

When it comes to senior living, downsizing to a retirement community isn’t about having less, it’s about having more: more free time, more socializing and more opportunities for learning and growth.

If you’ve taken a tour at Southgate at Shrewsbury and have fallen in love with our facilities, amenities and beautiful campus, you may be contemplating the logistics of moving from your home and downsizing your possessions. If you keep the following tips in mind, the move into our vibrant retirement community will be a breeze.

Let The Layout Guide You

Before you spend time fretting about which furniture you leave behind when you downsize, consider the layout of your new space, and let those measurements guide you. You may be tempted to make a list of all the furniture you don’t want to get rid of and then find yourself in a situation where you have trouble arranging it all in a pleasing way. Moving to a senior living community is a chance at a fresh start, so reframe your thought process to focus on what you are keeping and not what you are getting rid of. Consider the measurements of your new apartment and see which of your favorite furniture pieces fit within the space. Whatever doesn’t fit, won’t come with you; it’s as easy as that. You’ll be rewarded with a beautifully laid out new home that complements your active new lifestyle.

Think Twice About Kitchen Gear

One of the best parts of living in a retirement community is the access to dining amenities. So when you are considering where to start your downsizing efforts, you may want to look to the kitchen. You don’t need to hang onto seldom-used kitchen appliances like stand mixers and bread makers in case you want to make a special dish a few times a year; specialty dishes are always available in our restaurant style dining rooms. From comfort food favorites to gourmet specialties, we offer it all. Furthermore, both our assisted living and independent living programs provide flexible dining options including a full menu to open seating times. This means you will have less need to cook and less need to keep extra kitchen supplies on hand.

Oust Outdoor Furniture

This is an easy one—you can feel free to send all of your outdoor furniture to a new home. Your friends and family will be thankful for the opportunity to expand their outdoor seating offerings, and you can rid yourself of all the trappings that you needed to maintain your outdoor space. Care-free outdoor activities are a highlight of retirement living at Southgate at Shrewsbury. Our residents enjoy strolling through the beautiful campus during the day, relaxing during the warm evenings of the outdoor Summer Concert Series and socializing during the great events held at Southgate Park, such as our lobster bake, which is always a favorite.

Plan for Socializing

Oftentimes, experts in organization and decluttering offer advice about what items to keep based on use. They say things like, “If you haven’t used it in five years, get rid of it.” When you are moving into an independent living retirement community, however, you will find that your whole lifestyle changes, and things that were of no use before are suddenly in high demand. This includes anything that sparks socialization, like card and board games, as well as items used for entertaining. Life at a vibrant retirement community like Southgate at Shrewsbury is all about staying active and social, so you may find use for items you haven’t needed in a decade or more.

If thoughts of downsizing have you dreaming about all the benefits of life at Southgate at Shrewsbury, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to schedule a tour.