In today’s world, what used to be called “downsizing” is rapidly being replaced with the word “rightsizing,” and for good reason. Rightsizing implies that this is a healthy and highly personalized process — one that each couple or individual may decide to undertake and then accomplish at their own pace and in their own way. That being said, no one can tell you exactly how to decide you are ready to downsize or give you a concise plan on how to make this process fit you and your needs.
As you begin to consider this idea of rightsizing, pay attention to the daily things that are most meaningful and useful to you, and ask yourself, “Does my current lifestyle and home support the things that are most meaningful to me? What fits the current ‘me’ and what no longer works for me?” If more of your daily lifestyle and environment comes out not fitting, then maybe it is truly time to rightsize your life.
Here are some lifestyle and environment questions to ask yourself:
Are you living in a home with more rooms that aren’t being used than ones that are?
Do you find yourself avoiding the thought and expense of making your old home fit your new lifestyle?
Do you have a two-story home and find yourself spending most of your time on one of the two floors?
Are you wishing the kitchen you remodeled 20 years ago had all the newest conveniences and amenities?
How many times in the last year have you avoided completing routine house maintenance or chose to call an outside handyman, or maybe even just let it go, when you used to always be on top of it all?
Has your neighborhood grown so that you can no longer easily jump in the car to grab groceries or go out to dinner?
Are their new hobbies or activities you would like to try but can’t find someone to go with or a place to get started?
Do you have children and grandchildren growing up further away than is easy for you to reach by car or easy for them to visit you?
Do you think about wanting more control over how your next move unfolds?
As you share in the usual end-of- year holiday festivities, be mindful of how your current situation fits your evolving needs. Make your 2018 New Year’s resolution to find the right fit and size for you.