I know. The mere thought of packing up your belongings is enough to give you a headache. Not to mention the emotional trauma of leaving the family home, that you’ve probably lived in for many years.

But you’ve made the right decision, and now you’re looking forward to the beginning of the rest of your life. So take a deep breath and let’s get down to business.

The overriding thought that you should keep foremost in your mind, is the fact that this is about keeping what you will need and not just what you want.

Consider and implement the following steps and you’ll find the task less of a drama. Who knows, you might even enjoy it!

  • Don’t try to do the whole house in one day. Take it one room at a time and spread it over several days. Even weeks if you like.
  • Start with the big items of furniture that you are intending to keep, and measure them up to ensure they will fit in your new Retirement Home.
  • Take an inventory of all other items in the room, and then decide what items you will need to keep.
  • Follow the one year rule. If you haven’t used an item for one year and you don’t think you’ll be using it in the next year, it’s got to go!
  • Get rid of any duplicates.
  • Pack the items you are keeping and neatly stack the items you intend to get rid of.
  • Take photos of the better quality items you wish to dispose of, and offer them to friends and family via email. Don’t forget to set a deadline for collection.
  • Remaining items of any worth can be advertised on Gumtree or Facebook, offered at a garage sale or given to Charity Organisations.

So there you go. “Easy Peasy”. Well perhaps not that easy, but at least you’ve now got a plan. Good luck.

If you would like further information on downsizing or Retirement Village Living contact Kelvin Gilder on (02) 60258409 or email sales@humereirementresort.com.au