Refresh Your Space: Mental Benefits of Downsizing

Posted on April 15, 2021

Senior Woman Organizes Clutter

Over the years, we acquire a lot of stuff. Whether we buy them ourselves, receive them as gifts, or inherit them, our houses fill up with items that we think we need but end up in the back of a closet and forgotten. It could be years before you see that electric cheese grater that your aunt gave you for your birthday again, and by then, you probably forgot you had it. 

If you have the space, you are going to fill it up. This can lead to clutter and not being able to find items you want or need. Additionally, this unnecessary clutter can cause stress and be a safety hazard. 

Fortunately, you can take back control of your house! The solution is downsizing and refreshing your space.

Downsizing your clutter and refreshing your home, even if you are not planning on moving, can help you feel lighter, less stressed, and more worry-free. Silver Comet Village is a senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, and we know the impact that a clean, clutter-free home has on a person’s overall health and wellness. We want to highlight some of the benefits of downsizing and refreshing your home and share some downsizing tips to help you get started!

Less Clutter = Lower Stress

Let’s face it, we all have clutter in our homes. It’s when the clutter grows too much that it becomes a stress-causing concern. 

You live in your home, and day-to-day clutter is natural; it is okay for it to not be immaculate at every moment of every day, but strive to keep that clutter to a minimum. For example, it’s easy to leave junk mail on the counter, but doing this repeatedly for a few days can lead to an unnecessary (and useless) pile. Avoiding these habits can help reduce clutter and promote organization.

Your home should be your sanctuary. It should be the place that you go to in order to refresh and reset, not a constant reminder of what cleaning needs to be done. Very Well Mind shares, “a cluttered home, rather than a haven from stress, is a big stressor in itself and intensifies the frustration and exhaustion that an already-stressed person feels.”

Minimize Upkeep & Simplify Cleaning

The more stuff you have in your home, the more work you will have to do to keep it neat and tidy. From constant dusting and moving furniture so you can vacuum underneath it to mopping and reorganizing, you are putting in a lot more time and effort to clean your space than if you downsized, refreshed, and decluttered. 

If your home is free of unnecessary clutter, cleaning will be a breeze. Instead of moving objects to clean around them, you simply clean the space.

Prepare for a Future Move 

Even if you are not planning on moving right away, downsizing your belongings now can make moving into a senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, or anywhere else, easier when the time comes. 

If you have already gotten rid of your unnecessary clutter and only have essential items left, packing up your stuff and moving into your new home will be a simple process. You will learn to live with less stuff, making the transition and physical downsizing process easier. PREPARE FOR YOUR MOVE TO SENIOR LIVING

Downsizing Tips: Advice on Decluttering Your Home

While downsizing and removing clutter from your life is beneficial in the long run, the process may be time-consuming and overwhelming. These downsizing tips can minimize your frustration and help the process go as smoothly as possible.

  • Start early and slowly Give yourself plenty of time before you move to sort through your belongings and focus on tackling one room at a time. This will help you not get overwhelmed by the whole project since you are only zeroing in on one area at a time.

  • Only Make “Keep” and “Get Rid Of” piles, no “Maybe” piles – By doing this, you are truly considering if each item is useful or meaningful to you. If you allow yourself to make a “maybe” pile, you may find that it is the biggest pile, and you have not made much progress.

  • Ask for help when you need it – Chances are, when you are sorting through your belongings, you will stumble upon heavy objects or hard-to-reach places. Enlist the help of loved ones for these instances to avoid injury. Plus, you may find that you have items you no longer want or need that your child or friend would love to have! 

Refreshing your space and eliminating the clutter in your home can give you a sense of accomplishment and make your lifestyle more convenient, even if you are not ready to move yet. 

Fortunately, when the time comes that you are ready for a new place, a senior living community, like Silver Comet Village in Powder Springs, Georgia, is the perfect solution. Silver Comet Village goes a step further in helping you achieve a convenient, active lifestyle by offering maintenance-free living, engaging programs, and opportunities to connect and find purpose in each day. 

To learn more about our lifestyle options and our vibrant community, contact a member of our team or visit our website.