Tips on downsizing, including preparation for your pet.
Once the kids leave the nest, the house can feel a lot bigger than it used to feel. With surplus space and more house to maintain than needed, many homeowners consider downsizing when heading into the golden years. Making that move can seem overwhelming, especially if you have four-legged family members you need to accommodate. These guidelines will help you make great choices and a smooth transition!
Moving is stressful, even if you are looking forward to it. Throughout the process of the move, it’s important for you to maintain a healthy self-care routine. Here are some terrific tips from professionals at Huffington Post:
Read a book.
A good book is a healthy escape you can carry with you wherever you go. Whether you choose a new best seller or a classic novel you’re revisiting for the fourth time, a book is an opportunity to step into alternate realities. It can relieve pressure and help regain perspective.
Even in the process of downsizing there will be purchases you’ll need to make. Whether it’s a smaller coffee pot or some new house slippers, getting a fix from your favorite store can be invigorating and fun. Invite a best friend along to make it a social occasion!
Sure, you may be hauling boxes and bags hither and yon, but don’t forsake your workout in the midst of moving. If you have a dog, a vigorous walk with your pooch around the old neighborhood or a hike in the park will do you both some good.
Preparing your home.
Downsizing can be a big lifestyle change but with good preparation the process can be exciting and therapeutic. HGTV offers this advice to help you with the process:
Envision your future.
Think about how you want your lifestyle to look and make adjustments accordingly. Is your new home much smaller than the old one? Will the furniture you have now fit easily into the rooms or will it feel cramped? As you decide what to keep and what to rehome, ask yourself these questions about specific items:
- Do I have a good place for it in the new home?
- Do I use it?
- Does it serve a purpose?
- Am I keeping it because it was expensive or because I really need it?
You may find it helpful to hire a professional organizer to assist you with sorting and organizing. The National Association of Professional Organizers offers trained professionals who can help homeowners with the objective “to regain control over their surroundings, time, and possessions.”
Preparing your pet.
Moving can be very stressful on your furry family members. Make the change easier for them with these basic preparations:
If your pet is used to having room to roam and your new abode will be more restricted, start limiting your pet’s access to space ahead of time. Similarly, experts explain that if your pet will experience a significant change in daily routine, establish the new schedule now in the comfort of familiar surroundings.
If your pet normally uses the outdoors for “business,” be sure to establish good toilet habits well in advance of the move. Cats who haven’t used a litter box in the past should be introduced before moving, and dogs who need to learn using pads or asking to go out should be educated before moving day.
Many dog owners install wireless fencing to allow canine companions time outside with minimal fuss. Wireless fence systems are inexpensive, installation is easy, and some are even portable. If you plan to add a fence, explore your options well ahead of time so you can have it installed it as soon as possible.
To minimize stress levels, American Humane recommends securing pets in crates or small rooms on moving day. Be sure to update identification information on collars and microchips as soon as possible.
Prepare for a smooth move.
By taking steps to prepare yourself, your home, and your pet, your transition will be happier and healthier. These guidelines will turn your downsize from a stressful event into an exciting adventure!
This post is contributed & written by guest blogger Jim Vogel. Thank you for another informative article Jim! See his last guest post about seniors purchasing new homes here.