It’s time for a change. You’re ready to trade the hassles of keeping up the home and yard for a maintenance-free future at a Life Plan Community: a lifestyle with fewer worries, more freedom, and complete security for the years ahead.

There’s only one drawback: downsizing.

Over the years, most of us end up with more stuff (and more space) than we really need – spare bedrooms full of furniture, an attic packed with boxes and bins, a garage littered with tools – and simplifying your footprint for a smaller floor plan can be a daunting proposition. But while the process does take time, patience and planning, it doesn’t have to be stressful.

With a smart approach and can-do attitude, you can right-size your life and embrace a simpler lifestyle:

  • Make a Game Plan. If you embarked on a road trip without a map, you wouldn’t get very far. In the same way, successful downsizers start by thinking about their new residence. Look at the floor plan, make some measurements, and get an idea of what furniture will be practical in your space – and don’t forget to budget a little bit of extra leeway around big items like sofas, beds, or dining room tables.
  • Focus on Essentials. There are some things you know you’ll need – think silverware, bedsheets, your favorite coffee mug. Start by identifying everything you’ll use on a daily basis and adding it to your “keep” list. If you find yourself with many items that fill the same purpose – a whole shelf of mugs, or half a dozen bath towels – try to whittle down to no more than you’ll need.
  • Give Yourself Plenty of Time. Some decisions are easy: Reselling an exercise bike, say, or donating a spare sofa. But sorting through belongings that have sentimental value can be more emotionally taxing, so it’s important to take it slow and steady. Make it a goal to go through just one box of keepsakes or photos each day – then pat yourself on the back, take a short break and move onto an easier task.
  • Celebrate Success. Remember that downsizing is your chance to create more space in your home and more freedom in your life. With a little foresight, planning and patience, you’ll reach the finish line with time to spare – leaving you free to focus on the things that matter most.

At The Mayflower, worry-free living starts even before you move in. From the first stages of downsizing to your first day as a resident, our team of professionals is here to help you navigate your move with ease – and with a selection of stylish (and surprisingly affordable) apartment residences available now, you’re sure to find your perfect fit.

Now is the time to get on board. To learn more about all the advantages of life at Winter Park’s premier senior living community — or to schedule a tour — get in touch or give us a call at 407.672.1620. We look forward to hearing from you!