After touring endless retirement communities, you have finally found the right place for you. Now, it’s time to get your home to a manageable new size before your upcoming move. Instead of focusing on what belongings you should eliminate with downsizing, The Knolls would like to provide an alternate, simpler solution. It’s easy to compare rightsizing to the well-known process of downsizing. Discover how instead of focusing on the loss of belongings, you can focus on what you will gain in your upcoming retirement.

1. How is rightsizing different than downsizing?

While downsizing focuses on elimination of your belongings, rightsizing instead focuses on what is gained during the process. Rightsizing your belongings to a manageable level can lead to a lifestyle change that gives you freedom to concentrate on what truly matters. For example, at The Knolls, you don’t have to worry about bringing along your spacious exercise machines into your new home. That’s because of our state-of-the-art fitness center, with exceptional equipment, skilled wellness staff, and fun classes to share with your neighbors. In addition, with our multiple restaurant venues you don’t have to worry about your large kitchen appliances like your air fryer or blender. Further, our library and game room are stocked with your favorite classics and recent favorites, so you can save space on your shelves for photos of loved ones. Overall, you’ll find that you have more room for what you truly care about because of our inclusive amenities available right on our beautiful campus.

2. When should I start rightsizing?

It’s better to start sooner rather than later—but only if you’re sure you’re ready to say goodbye to those items. You don’t want to get rid of too much. Once you’ve selected which home at The Knolls is perfect for you, that’s a good time to begin rightsizing, at least a few months in advance of moving.

3. How do I start rightsizing?

Make sure you have the necessary items to begin rightsizing. Items like garbage bags, empty boxes, and cleaning products will help you set aside and clean items as needed. Then, begin by clearing out areas that you typically do not occupy, such as attics, closets, drawers, cabinets and chests. After, everyday items should be sorted through. Depending upon your new home’s closet space, you may want to reevaluate and rightsize your wardrobe, books, or even appliances.

Once you’ve determined what you’d like to get rid of, decide if you’d like to donate, sell, give away or throw away items you do not wish to transfer into your new home. You can enlist the help of family or friends to ensure that your items are going to the proper place. In addition, family and friends can help you prioritize the work and move objects that you can’t do alone.

When you’re finished selecting which items to keep, it’s time to start packing. First, pack items that you know you will not need immediately, such as out-of-season clothes. Then, as you approach your move-date, begin packing items you use more frequently.

Once you’ve finished rightsizing, it’s time for your move into your maintenance-free home at The Knolls. From our all-inclusive concierge services to our many community services, we offer something for every senior looking for an active and fun retirement. Plus, as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), we offer a secure plan for your future. No matter what your needs become, you’ll always have a home at The Knolls. If you’re interested in even more rightsizing tips, consider downloading our in-depth guide with 10 exclusive tips. That way, you’ll be better prepared for your exciting upcoming move. To learn more about the active retirement lifestyle offered in the striking natural beauty of Westchester, contact us at 914-461-4500.

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