Senior Downsizing and Living with Less
Last week, we met up with a past client and reminisced a bit about her move. It was no different from many moves we’ve handled. The downsizing process was emotional, overwhelming, exhausting, and the client was filled with anxiety over letting go and concerns as to whether it would all get done. It did all get done, and she donated a lot of her 80 years of accumulated belongings to charity, family members, church groups, senior centers, and friends. Knowing that other people would benefit from her “hand-me-downs” made the process of letting go somewhat easier. Happily settled in her new place, she made two comments that will always stick with me. She has found living with less is more comfortable and before she buys something new she now asks herself “would the Deb’s want me to buy this or not?” Oftentimes, the answer is “not” and she admires the item and walks away leaving it on the store shelf. While difficult, she has simplified her surroundings, is enjoying her life and is happier in her new environment.