Written by Ashlee Juneau   |   Posted on   |   435 views

Whether you’re planning to downsize or are still deciding, these great tips will help you stay sane in what can be a challenging and bittersweet time. Whether you’re an empty-nester, a retiree, or someone just looking to lead a simpler life, you may have considered downsizing your home and purchasing a condo or smaller property. In fact, 51% of adults over 50 plan to move to a smaller home for convenience.

Whether you choose to stay in your home or downsize, housing increasingly becomes more important as we age.

We all know that decluttering and paring down our belongings can be a freeing feeling, even when you’re not moving. It can also be emotional and a little stressful, especially if you’ve lived in the same home for a long time.


Take Advantage of the Market

Right now is an incredible time for seniors looking to sell their house and move into a smaller one. Many buyers are hungry to move into an established, mature neighbourhood and are willing to pay you a premium for your home. Just imagine what you could do with all that equity.

Cut Your Monthly Costs

Generally speaking, a smaller home means lower monthly bills. If you’re on a fixed income, mortgage payments, home insurance, and property taxes may can reduced and it can also mean lower utility and repair bills.

Less Home Maintenance

You may have enjoyed your sprawling yard and swimming pool for many years and perhaps your grandkids still love it but having a large home and property is a lot to maintain. Smaller backyards and less property to maintain is the goal of many long-time home owners.


As much as we don’t want to admit it, things like staircases, long driveways and sloping hillsides can become a bit of a burden as we get older whereas a main-floor lifestyle can be very appealing to senior Canadians—whether it’s in an apartment style condo or bungalow floor plan.


Most grandparents would agree, it’s lovely to watch your grandchildren grow. The idea of moving to a home that’s closer to where the kids live is as great reason as any to consider home downsizing.

Enjoy the Memories

While packing up may seem bittersweet, take time to talk about and share memories of your treasures in your home. Giving sentimental items and furniture to your loved ones can also make you feel good knowing that they’re going to someone who will appreciate them.

Digitize It

Memorabilia like photos, letters, and collectibles can take up lots of space. Sort what you’d like to keep and give away what you don’t think you need anymore. Take photos of these things, or hire a company to digitize your favourite pictures and videos that you can look at any time.

Does it Spark Joy?

When in doubt, remember the words of the professional organizer Marie Kondo. She says, if you haven’t used it in a year, and if it no longer sparks joy for you, maybe it’s time to let it go. The message is, some belongings are quite sentimental, but if it’s not, and it’s no long serving you, don’t be afraid to let it go or give it to someone else. We’ve put together a moving day checklist that will help you get properly organized for the big move.

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