While it is not inevitable, many seniors will downsize their living situations as they enter their 60s, 70s, and beyond. For these individuals, the options are usually either to buy a new, smaller home or to move into an assisted living center. If you find yourself facing this decision, you may be intimidated by the process. The good news is that it does not have to be overwhelming, and the following advice can help you along the way.
When you do not yet need assistance but realize that you are not as capable of cleaning a large home, ascending stairs, and navigating narrow hallways, downsizing to a smaller house is a sensible option. Talk to your realtor about finding a home that incorporates elements of universal design. Universal design means the home is laid out in a way that accommodates people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Look for features such as a stepless entry and a single-story floor plan. Cost-wise, buying a smaller home may be more of an initial upfront investment compared to assisted living, and you will be responsible for your mortgage, utilities, food, transportation, and other personal expenses. However, this allows for the most independence.
Now that you’ve made your decision, you’re going to need to start handpicking furniture and other personal items that will make the transition with you. If you’re moving into a single-family home, space will be your only real constraint. However, instead of just throwing things to the curb, put no-longer-needed furniture and household goods to good use by donating them to a local charity. Updater.com explains that this comes prepackaged with both tax benefits and the knowledge that you’ve kept unnecessary items out of the landfill.
Moving into an assisted living apartment may require you to pick and choose more carefully. There are many items that are frowned upon or downright prohibited in a senior living community. Call your community representative if you are unsure of their policies.
There is no way around the fact that moving, for whatever reason, is an emotional experience. It is also one that is deeply personal. If possible, give yourself plenty of time to pack and say goodbye to your home, neighbors, and community. Remind yourself that you are moving with a purpose. This might be for more opportunities to socialize or to move into a home without stairs to minimize your risk of falling. When your upcoming move comes on the heels of losing a spouse or longtime partner, the process may be even more emotionally challenging. Don’t be afraid to talk to your family and friends if you need a listening ear.
It’s time to enjoy your retirement. But remember, know what you can — and can’t — take with you, and be prepared for an emotional experience. The journey may not always be pleasant, but the end result will be a safer and more comfortable you.
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My brother in law Ricardo has been in the mechanic business for over 30 years. He has worked for many companies and car dealerships and is a master at what he does.
I have featured a part of his work space a few years ago. He explained to me that being a mechanic is not too dissimiliar to being a surgeon. You need lots of tools and you need to be able to find and grab them at a moments notice.
He is very organized and I stoped by his shop and tooks lotts of pictures of his new Mac Tools Tool Box! I was very impressed and wanted to share with all of you! Enjoy!
It’s kinda tradition for me to have a few posts about the show Big Brother that is on CBS. Yes this is an organizing blog but it’s my blog so there! LOL
Big Brother 21 has begun and a few things stand out to me!
It has been on long enough to where contestants can actually say, I’ve been watching since I was a kid! One guy said he watched with his mom since he was “single digit”! That makes me feel old and also THE SHOW HAS BEEN ON THAT LONG!
I am really questioning how they pick the houseguests. I am not seeing a lot of diversity and I’m not talking color. They have black, asian, south asian on there. I am talking about the locations of the contestants. Several sets are from the same states!
This is a camp theme which I like. Julie is still saying Julie Chen Moonves. And the first twist does not disappoint the “expect the unexpected”theme.
I will watch and hope this season is entertaining and that the houseguests dont say “Blood on my hands”
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If you want your home to stand out in a market full of so-so properties, a great way to do so is with smart home automation. Smart home features make life more convenient and add a futuristic touch to your house. Many of the best features on the market help make your home more environmentally-friendly, which can also save you big bucks on utility bills. Whether you’re getting ready to put your home on the market soon or you just want to add some appeal with the possibility of selling in the future, these smart home automation features make your house stand out from the pack.
Note that while many smart home features are easy to install yourself, you’ll want to hire help for anything that involves electrical or plumbing work. Fortunately, hiring a professional shouldn’t set you back too much. For instance, the average cost to hire an electrician in Los Angeles should only cost you about $189 to $602.
Lighting is a huge part of staging a home for sale. Smart lighting systems give homeowners more control over their lighting while allowing them to customize it in cool new ways. Smart lighting uses LED bulbs and strips that are more expensive than your average lights, but they are also more energy efficient and long-lasting, so they end up saving money in the long run. The light bulbs connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network so you can use your smart hub or assistant to control lights with voice commands. Many systems can also be controlled by a mobile app you access on your smartphone or tablet.
A smart refrigerator may seem excessive at first glance, but once you’ve lived with one, you’ll never want to go back to an analog fridge again. Smart refrigerators connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and feature internal cameras so you have access to what’s inside at all times. Simply check your feed via the refrigerator’s mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, they have a touchscreen interface, so you have the convenience of the internet right in the kitchen. Take inventory of what you have in the kitchen, and program it to your refrigerator’s system to come up with a list of possible recipes you can make for dinner. Never worry about forgetting your grocery list at home again– with a smart refrigerator, you can access your to-buy list anywhere and everywhere.
While old-fashioned thermostats can be fickle, smart thermostats are intuitive. These innovative heat and AC devices learn your family’s behaviors and preferences while monitoring the weather so it can automatically adjust to your liking. Not having to fiddle with your thermostat to make your home feel just right saves more than just your sanity– it will also save you money. Your home’s AC and heating system doesn’t have to struggle to change rapidly. Rather, it gradually adjusts itself without overexerting your HVAC system. Like a lot of other smart home features, smart thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi so you can control it via a mobile app or your smart hub if you integrate the two.
Smart home features may not add much to your home’s asking price, but they do help your house stand out in a market full of the same old stuff. Not only do smart home features make your home more convenient, but they can also help save you money on utility bills. Smart lighting is incredibly customizable and adds appeal when staging your home to sell. A smart refrigerator helps your family stay on top of their food consumption and meal planning, and smart thermostats keep your home comfortable without putting too much strain on your energy consumption.