Say Goodbye to Downsizing: Why Empty Nesters Should Start RightSizing Their Living Space

For many empty nesters, the idea of downsizing can be appealing. After all, why maintain a large home with empty rooms when you can have a more manageable and affordable living space? However, the term, downsizing can have negative connotations, implying a loss of space, belongings, and independence. Instead, I recommend empty nesters start “rightsizing” their living arrangements, focusing on finding a living space that meets their current needs and lifestyle.

Rightsizing is about finding the perfect living space that is tailored to your current lifestyle, and this can mean different things to different people. It’s essential to evaluate your current living arrangements and consider what aspects are no longer necessary. Do you have unused rooms or spaces? Do you need a yard or garden anymore? Would you like to be closer to family or friends? These questions will help you determine what kind of living space is right for you.

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One option is to move into a smaller home or apartment, but this isn’t always necessary or desirable. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of making some changes to your existing home. For example, you may want to renovate your home to make it more accessible and safer as you age. You may also want to consider upgrading your appliances or technology to make life easier.

Another option is to move into a community that is designed for seniors. These communities offer a range of amenities and services that can help you maintain your independence while still providing a sense of community and support. Some communities offer fitness centers, pools, and social activities, while others provide housekeeping, transportation, and healthcare services.

Ultimately, rightsizing is about finding a living space that allows you to live your best life. It’s about choosing a home that fits your current lifestyle and meets your needs, whether that means more space for hobbies, a smaller home for easier maintenance, or a community that provides additional support and services.

In summary, empty nesters should forget about downsizing and start rightsizing. This approach emphasises finding the perfect living space that is tailored to your current lifestyle and needs. By evaluating your current living arrangements and considering what is most important to you, you can make an informed decision about the kind of home that is right for you. Whether it’s renovating your existing home, moving to a smaller space, or joining a senior community, rightsizing can help you maintain your independence and live your best life.

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Rightsize Your Home: The Empty Nester’s Guide to a Stress-Free Downsize

Belinda leaves no stone unturned, in a quest to answer all your downsizing questions and help you overcome the fear and challenges that it so often presents. Belinda and expert contributors covered all aspects of Downsizing with proven tips and strategies for planning a stress-free Downsize so you can feel more positive about your next move. Belinda’s experience and qualifications in this niche property market position her as a leading authority.

Rightsize Your Home Online Courses

We have 3 online courses to help you get started in your Rightsizing journey.

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Shifting Your Mindset ($27)

This course helps you understand what you’re thinking and how to think about blockers.  It’s ‘mindset’ talk from the people that know!  The ones who’ve done it!

Empty nesters often find themselves with too much home and things, and not enough time. They may also feel like they need to downsize, but the prospect of packing up a lifetime’s worth of memories can be overwhelming. In order to move forward, it is important you shift your mindset from ‘you’ll never get rid of all this stuff to ‘it’s time’. These online courses will help you sort through the clutter in your home and set aside things that mean a lot – the rest will be given away, sold, upcycled, or discarded. The goal is to create less stress and more organisation, which in turn helps you live more comfortably. 

It takes courage to step out of your comfort zone, but once you do, moving on will be easier than ever before. Join this course to learn how to downsize without going crazy, so you can make room for the things that really matter most.

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The Declutter Challenge ($47)

Online courses for empty nesters are becoming more and more popular. This type, of course, is great because it allows the person to start and stop whenever they please, which can be especially helpful when you’re working with a busy schedule. The course also teaches you how to move through the decluttering process in a strategic manner and maintain your well-being. We offer experience, tips, and insights on what types of things should go first and which ones can wait, as well as provide strategies for staying focused. Some even include downloadable workbooks that allow you to work at your own pace without having to watch videos or read long blog posts. When it comes to online courses for empty nesters, this one is my favourite. It’s easy to follow and gives you step-by-step instructions on where to begin if you don’t know where to start.

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Adding Value to Your Family Home ($197)

This is how you make the cash!  You’ve worked hard for this home, make it work hard for you!

You can use this online course to help prepare your home for sale, so you can attract the right buyers and maximise your profit when selling. You can also learn how to stage your home.

The last thing you want to do is to incur major expenses because of a poorly staged home! Be sure that every area of your home is professionally set up. One mistake can take away from all the positive effects staging has on properties. 

Find out more about our Online Courses here.

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