People of all ages are downsizing, but none more than baby boomers. We’ve done the big house, the big garage, the big yard. Now, we want freedom. Peggy Patenaude is a Boston-area realtor who has some brief thoughts about downsizing, and they make sense to us. Maybe they will to you, too. Maybe they’ll even push you to roll with it yourself.
Lots of baby boomers are downsizing; the children are gone, the future after the careers is ahead. But the thought of downsizing causes many of us to focus on the negative aspects of scaling back. It shouldn’t. Instead of focusing on the fact that you may be faced with lack of storage and overall space, think about the positive parts of downsizing. There are many that far outweigh the drawbacks.
Here are four great reasons why downsizing can lead to a much happier and more active lifestyle:
- Reduced Stress Level. Taking care of a smaller space may immediately reduce your stress level. Downsizing significantly decreases the amount of time and energy a homeowner puts into worrying about major home maintenance issues like repairing the roof, patching the driveway, and landscape maintenance. If you are lucky enough to experience an increased cash flow from downsizing, you will also reduce the stress tied to financial concerns. For example, downsizers very often have more money to take the vacations they’ve always wanted to.
- Options. If you’re thinking about downsizing, you have a lot of options. Active adult communities are popping up in many places and many have indoor and outdoor pools, exercise rooms, fitness classes, craft rooms, and spaces for impromptu or planned social gatherings. Communities geared toward us tend to have generous outdoor space designated for active lifestyles that include tennis courts, golf, and walking/bicycling trails.
- Less Clutter. Many boomers who live in a large home for a long period of time accumulate an overwhelming amount of clutter. Downsizing requires homeowners to take inventory of their possessions and donate or sell anything that isn’t essential or sentimental. Living in a clutter-free home helps downsizers feel much more relaxed. Cleaning out your clutter will also provide more space for things that are important, like a fitness machine, a home theater, or a sewing room.
- Less Maintenance. One of the great benefits of having a smaller home is that it means less maintenance. With a larger house, much more time must be spent on interior and exterior maintenance. For downsizers, less space equals less maintenance, thus saving time that would otherwise be spent making repairs. You now are free to enjoy your favorite pastimes and activities.
So, no matter how you downsize or where you go, if you roll with the thought of it, an active and lively lifestyle may be just what you get!