No matter when or why, moving from one home to another can be stressful. If it has possibly been decades since possessions have been weeded through and managed, it may be even more stressful. But just as true, it's all in the attitude with which we approach it. We can choose to see a move as a stressful event or an exciting opportunity! Let's choose the latter! A move to our beautiful Good Neighbor Care community is loaded with exciting possibilities, so let's remain focused on the positives.
"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
Your apartment will not have as much room as a large home, but that isn't a negative. With a young family, every square inch of a home may be used, but it's rare that seniors use the majority of a large home when there are only one or two people in the house. In reality, only the living room, kitchen and bedroom may be where the living occurs...perhaps in only one of those rooms. With that in mind, a cozy apartment won't be that much different. And living is really more about our interactions with people than it is about the walls surrounding us. With that in mind, your living is about to improve immediately with your residency at our community!
What about all the 'stuff' living in the attic (basement/closets/garage/shed)? Well, those things are living in the attic! They aren't seen or used on a regular basis. If they found a new home, it's unlikely any item will be missed more than once or twice. It will be much like it is now, out of sight, out of mind. The reality is that we tend to live in habits, and we keep a myriad of things because they're ours or we think we will maybe use them again, but we don't. We are slaves to our habits and we use precious little of what we have. Keeping that in mind can help with the desire to save everything.
"It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly." - Bertrand Russell, English Philosopher
Many people will tell you that letting go of unused possessions is extremely freeing. The joy of seeing a family member's face when passed down a piece of their history is priceless. Donating items without sentimental value to those who can truly use them brings great satisfaction, as well. If you're not ready to let go of a lot of possessions yet, rent a climate controlled storage unit for a few months. This will allow you the opportunity to live in your apartment for a while and see if you truly 'need,' or even truly want all those items. It also allows you to change your décor perhaps on a seasonal basis without keeping it all in sight.