Downsizing and Transition (Part one of many more posts I am sure!)

Armed with my 1-bedroom floor plan and the knowledge that I was really going through with this project, I headed home to my 4-bedroom single family home. Although I won’t be taking up permanent residence in Paul Spring, I want to put myself in situations that will force me to experience the feelings of making this transition. I felt that the first step was deciding what belongings I could take with me.

I prepared a video that shows you the primary items I selected.

It turns out that I only have the space to take about 12 items of furniture and an assortment of other necessities to make this transition. The good news is that the things I would take with me are really the belongings that my family uses on a daily basis. Most of the remaining furniture and belongings don’t really get much use.

Although I might get along fine without the hundreds of items that won’t be going with me, I am struck with the emotions and memories associated with each of them. I will explore this in much greater detail over the next few posts. I will share my thoughts and potential solutions for this challenging transition.

To help, I have invited the membership of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) to provide me with suggestions and guidance. I will be sharing their insights in future entries.

1 Comment

  • Your idea of doing a video of your belongings got me thinking about my own possessions. Since my kids don’t know the “history” or “connection” of why these items are important to me, perhaps making a video while I’m still alive that describe each of the items (ex, a raku ibex from Taos, a beautiful bowl made by my friend’s son as a way of recovering from a tragic accident, etc.)would help my children as they “sort” my stuff after I’m gone or, if I move to much smaller quarters in a retirement community. The point is, it’s not just “stuff,” it’s what can enrich a life by “its” story.

    Good luck in your new adventure!

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