Empty Nester's Guide to Downsizing
With the kids grown-up and out of the house, it may be time to consider downsizing. Here you are living in a family-sized home with a yard to maintain, stairs to climb and a lot of space that you may not need as you embark on your next chapter in life. Below are a few tips on how to begin your process of downsizing your nest.
Most people anticipate downsizing a few years before they begin the process of moving. During this phase, create a plan to start sorting through your belongings. It is amazing how much stuff accumulates throughout the years. Downsizing and organizing go hand in hand.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Sort through holiday decorations as they are put away through the year. Separate out the decorations that are no longer needed.
- Each month pick a room in your home and sort out what can be sold, given away or thrown away.
- Go through your closet seasonally and donate the clothing and shoes you no longer need.
- Create a necessary vs. unnecessary assessment of your electronics, kitchen gadgets, books, etc.
- Give your children their childhood mementos. You do not need to haul their favorite doll or blanket with you in the cedar chest when you move. It is time to let them have it.
Determine your lifestyle
Downsizing into a smaller home doesn’t mean you have to give up comfort, functionality and lifestyle. Whether you are wanting to live closer to the grandkids, move to an active-adult community or simply purchase a smaller home—Daybreak has a variety of options for you.
Active Adult Community (55+)
Over the last few years active-adult communities have become increasingly popular among retirees because they provide an opportunity to reside near people in the same stage of life and offer a low-maintenance lifestyle.
Daybreak offers two active-adult communities—Garden Park and Springhouse Village.
Garden Park Village: Just for people age 55+. Think beautiful, easy-living homes, a private pool and clubhouse, and a short stroll to the lake and to the delights of SoDa Row.
New homesites for townhomes and single-family homes are now available along the shores of Oquirrh Lake. Learn more about the Lakeside offering.
Springhouse Village: Our newest 55+ village is all about fresh. With a fresh notion of the good life. And a bouquet of fresh home designs by OakwoodLife. Choose from three home collections.
If citified living is more your speed, then a townhome or condo near the train, the lake, or the shops & eateries of SoDa Row may be just the right fit. The lock-and-leave convenience of knowing that the exterior maintenance of your home is taken care of is optimal whether you travel frequently, or you just don’t want to take care of it anymore. Daybreak offers a variety of attached home options throughout the community, see all Daybreak townhomes and condos.
If you’re still looking for something larger that affords you more space for entertaining or house guests, then a single family home in one of Daybreak’s more traditional neighborhoods is also an option. If you want to be in the center of it all, Daybreak has a variety of “just right” sized single-family homes for people looking to downsize. We suggest you begin your home search with: Holmes Homes Hillside Paseo, Ivory Homes Paseo, David Weekley Homes Cottage Court Collection and David Weekley Homes Enclave Collection.