Tips For Downsizing After The Kids Move Away


It took some time, but it finally happened. Your children have all grown up and moved away, leaving you and your spouse in the old family home. There are a lot of benefits to this, but as you look around at those empty rooms and unused space, you may start to wonder if it’s time to move.

These days, many so-called “empty nesters” are downsizing into a new but smaller home. Although this is a big change that requires you to get rid of some possessions in your house, read on to learn more about the advantages to downsizing for empty nesters.

Why Downsizing Works

Is it the right time for you and your spouse to downsize? explains there are several downsizing questions you need to ask first. Does a big house matter a lot to you? Are you planning on hosting big gathering many times each year? Then maybe downsizing won’t be a good idea.

But for most people (empty nesters or not), there are great reasons to move into a smaller house. Dave Ramsey shows there are some major financial benefits to downsizing. Right now, you’re paying for rooms you don’t need. Even if you fully own your house by now, you still have to pay utilities and taxes on those spaces.

In addition, you are probably going to sell your current place for much more than the new, smaller home will cost. You can use that windfall to either pay down any debts or loans (goodbye credit card bills) or turn it into a nice nest egg for your upcoming retirement.

Reducing Your Clutter

Before you can start enjoying the advantages of downsizing, you need to figure out what to do with all your belongings — and those your children left behind. If you’re moving into a smaller place, you simply do not have room for everything in your current one.

At first, this can be easy. Money Crashers recommends you get rid of b ig items that you won’t need. If you’re changing from three bedrooms to two, donate or sell the bed and dresser used in the extra bedroom. Then you can move onto heirlooms and smaller possessions. This is a perfect time to have your kids come back and take their stuff! In addition, you can declutter by handing them some heirlooms or belongings you don’t want to be thrown out but don’t have room for.

If you’re feeling really overwhelmed by this task, it might be time to call in the help of a professional organizer. According to HomeAdvisor , on average it costs about $483 to hire a professional organizer, but in some areas it can cost as little as $100. Sometimes, the best thing you need is someone unattached to all those things in your house so you can objectively decide what to keep.

Finding The Right Place

You’ve decided to downsize, and you have a plan to declutter your home. But where are you going? Finding the right home when downsizing isn’t too hard, but as Sabrina’s Organizing shows, there are a few things you have to consider.

This might be your last home for a while, so make sure you can age well here. That means keeping the bedroom on the first floor , railings on stairs, and easy-to-use faucets. And although you want a smaller house, you need to make sure it has some storage space for the belongings you couldn’t get rid of.

Be A Smart Empty Nester

Now that you and your spouse are officially empty nesters, you need to consider downsizing your home. Look for a smaller place where you can age well, then start getting rid of the things you don’t need. This way, you can start saving money and enjoy a brand new home!

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State-of-the-art amenities meets unparalleled luxury at 10 Rittenhouse Square! Located on the 26th floor, this 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home offers dramatic views of the Philadelphia skyline to the North, South, and West! Enter the home to a beautiful foyer which leads you to the great open floor plan with living room and dining area. The kitchen’s clean lines and smooth surfaces create a modern look with European simplicity that is enhanced with granite counters, a sitting area, and high end appliances. In the master bedroom you will find two large walk-in closets, a balcony to enjoy the outdoors, a large master bathroom with his and her sinks, soaking tub and separate shower. The second bedroom also hosts it’s own bathroom and plenty of storage space. 1 car parking is included with the home and there is 5 years left on the tax abatement! Hosting this stunning residence, the 10 Rittenhouse luxury building, designed by world-renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern, provides marble floors and Venetian plaster walls. The formal oval entry lobby creates a grand overture to the amenities and residences that lay beyond. Behind the front desk, a white glove concierge waits to greet your guests, accept deliveries and assist you with any request imaginable including a chauffeured Mercedes available at your convenience, fitness center, boardroom, business center, indoor lap pool, library, wine storage, catering kitchen and courtyard. An additional private entrance directly on Rittenhouse Square provides the ultimate in prestige and convenience.

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Living And Loving Life In Pennsylvania: 
How To Take Care Of Mind, Body, And Spirit While Living In The Keystone State by Jennifer Scott

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For those suffering with depression and anxiety, life can easily become overwhelming. It’s difficult to find ways to relax and allow your mind to heal after going through a particularly bad bout of depression, especially if there was a catalyst–such as a divorce, a death in the family, or an accident–behind it. Yet figuring out the best ways to cope with those feelings is imperative if you want to heal and move on, and sometimes the best ways to do so involve the great outdoors.

Studies have shown that people who spend time outdoors show less activity in the parts of the brain associated with depression than individuals who spend time in other settings, meaning that getting outside could be just what the doctor ordered.

“These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world. Our findings can help inform the growing movement worldwide to make cities more livable, and to make nature more accessible to all who live in them,” says Gretchen Daily, a professor of Environmental Science.

Fortunately for the people of Pennsylvania, there are plenty of places nearby to enjoy all that nature has to offer, and even if the weather is bad, there are tons of destinations that you can visit with your loved ones to reconnect and have a fun day. Here are a few of the best.

The Amish Farm and House

If you’re looking for an educational experience that’s full of Lancaster history, look no further than the Amish Farm and House. Take a tour through the museum, which gives a lot of information about the Amish and Mennonite people and why they choose to live the way they do. Take a walk around the well-kept grounds and allow yourself to imagine what it must be like to live a simpler life. There is also a bus tour available, on which you can stop at some Amish-run stands and stores.

Central Market

A large farmer’s market located in the middle of the city, Central Market is a great place to walk around and find tons of healthy goodies to eat. It’s not just about fruits and veggies, however; there are also baked goods, crafts, fresh meats, and coffee for those who are looking to do a bigger shopping trip. The market tends to get very busy on weekends, making it difficult to find parking, but it’s open through the week as well. One of the great things about heading to a farmer’s market is that you can enjoy the outdoors while stocking up on fresh foods. Eating well is a big part of taking care of yourself when you’re battling depression.

The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team

Described by many clients as a “bucket list” adventure, these hot air balloon rides over Amish country will give you a bird’s eye view of some spectacular scenery. Being able to go on a bit of an adventure and see the world from an entirely new perspective can help you focus on positivity and moving forward. Check out the sunrise/sunset trips available, but check the weather forecasts first.

Be easy on yourself; there is no time limit for depression and anxiety, and there is no one right way to cope with it; everyone has different methods. Figure out what works best for you and allow yourself to relax while you’re doing it; this can help enhance those positive thoughts and keep you looking forward.

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