Downsizing to a More Abundant Life

Published: August 31, 2015

Imagine you are moving to a new, maintenance-free home - one where you will live abundantly, yet simply, with plenty of time to pursue your interests, but you only have 15 minutes to pack.

What will you take? How will you determine what items have value to you?

Today's seniors have many options to choose from if, or when they make the decision to downsize and relocate, ranging from cottages or patio homes to apartments of various sizes. Starting the process of downsizing your current home can seem like a daunting task.

"Set realistic goals," suggests Jill Yesko, professional organizer and founder and owner of Discover Organizing. "Be prepared to make some tough decisions. In each room, separate your belongings into what you want to keep, toss, sell and donate," she said. "Your next space should reflect you, not your 'guilt' items that you don't want to get rid of," she added. "If you feel guilty about throwing items away that you feel still have value, donate to local charities who give to others in need, or sell them for a profit."

Moving to a new home can be a very emotional process. It is important to keep in mind that moving gives you the opportunity for a fresh start, and although you are letting go of things and places, you will never lose the memories. In fact, new memories will be made and new friendships will be formed in your new home.

Residents at Overbrook Pointe, an independent living apartment building in Mars, have been doing just that. Their lives are full of activities, not responsibilities. "Without the burden of home maintenance, the residents here now have the freedom to find their purpose, explore their interests and create lasting friendships," said Gina Nicassio Strasbaugh, marketing coordinator for Overbrook Pointe. Strasbaugh said that as we grow older, the need for socialization becomes increasingly important. "Sitting down to dinner with people is crucial," she said. "Most of our residents gather every night for dinner in the cafe and enjoy a gourmet, chef-prepared meal. Getting together like this keeps seniors from getting stagnant, and can significantly improve their quality of life."

All residents have the opportunity to use the fitness room and any of the shared spaces for socialization, including the outdoor patio with a waterfall, for entertaining larger groups of family or friends.

Apartment sizes and styles vary at Overbrook Pointe. All apartments have a patio or balcony, washer and dryer, individual storage units on the same floor, and access to a heated underground garage. The deluxe apartments have separate dining spaces that can accommodate an entire dining set, and have 10-foot ceilings and bay windows.

"Moving can be a very difficult process, but it is more challenging to someone who must move due to a life-changing event, or simply because they cannot manage their larger home any longer," Yesko said. With so many options in senior housing, it is never too early to start considering how you want to spend your retirement years.

For more information about Overbrook Pointe, click here or call (724) 687-3372.

Pictured at right: Residents at Overbrook Pointe have learned that downsizing and relocating gives them the opportunity to simplify their lives, broaden their horizons and develop new friendships.

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