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Downsizing Made Easy at Atlantic Shores

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Downsizing Made Easy to an Independent Living Community in Virgina Beach

Making the decision to move to a smaller place is different for everyone. On one hand, if your current residence doesn’t support your lifestyle and goals (especially the daily upkeep and maintenance part of owning a house), it makes sense to downsize. On the other hand, the thought of sorting, packing, and moving decades worth of possessions collected through the years gives many seniors pause. But by choosing a retirement community that fits your plans for the future — like Atlantic Shores — you’ll feel happier and more fulfilled. 

This blog post will discuss the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community, and also give you downsizing tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.

Your Life, Only Better

What if someone else took care of the cooking, cleaning, lawn care, and all your home’s upkeep, maintenance and repair? What if you never even had to change a lightbulb?

Now imagine you have a variety of senior floor plans to choose from — including apartment homes and one-story villas — giving you just the right amount of space in a neighborhood setting that feels just like home. And right  outside your door are friendly people who share your enthusiasm for life.

At Atlantic Shores, we’re close to everything the resort city of Virginia Beach has to offer, including shops, restaurants, golf courses and beautiful beaches. If you want to stay closer to home, our campus offers delicious dining options, loads of ways to stay fit and active, and a calendar full of social options for staying connected with your neighbors.

But don’t take our word for it; read what our residents have to say about life in our community.

Downsizing Tips to Move to a Retirement Community 

Once you decide to move, it’s important to recognize that you’re about to begin an exciting new phase of your life. But first you’ll need to do a few things to make your move as easy as possible. These suggestions will help you stay focused so you can enjoy all the new experiences waiting for you in your new home.

  • Formulate a plan: Before you get started, get out your calendar and define goals for each day, including friends and family who’ll need to be involved to reach those goals. Be sure to schedule days off too.
  • Get organized: Make a list for every room in your house, and sort each possession into one of four categories: Keep, Give Away, Sell, and Decide Later. (Note: Everything on the Decide Later list eventually must move to either the Keep, Sell, or Give Away list.)
  • Be ruthless: As hard as it may be to decide, keep only what you use or what has significant sentimental value.
  • Start off easy: Places like the garage, attic and basement tend to hold stuff you didn’t even know you had. Chances are, if you forgot about it, you don’t need it. 
  • Only the necessities: Choose the most necessary furniture items first … maybe a bed, dresser, small kitchen table with a couple of chairs, couch and an end table. Then you can add extra pieces.
  • Consolidate collections: If you’re a collector, consider keeping only the two or three most important/best items and photographing the others to put in a keepsake album.
  • Pass it on: Do your friends or family members have their eye on one of your possessions? Why not share now so you’ll have the joy of giving them something that’s precious to you both.
  • Your style: Keep only the things that make your house distinctively your home. Framed family photos, artwork, and other cherished items should have a spot in your new place to help create a familiar and homelike environment. 
  • Ditch the pots and pans: After you move, you’ll probably be cooking less and taking advantage of the community’s meal plan more. Consider keeping only what you need and giving the rest away.
  • Clear the shed: When you choose a maintenance-free community like Atlantic Shores, we’ll take care of all the yardwork. Plus, we’ll look after the plumbing, heating and air conditioning, so you won’t need most of your tools.
  • Fashion sense: Maybe one of the hardest things to go through are your coats and clothes. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in the last 12 months, you probably don’t need it anymore.
  • Start now: If you haven’t already started decluttering and downsizing, how about tackling a drawer, closet or room right now.
  • Have fun: This is a chance to celebrate the items that really matter to you and the next chapter in your life. Invite friends, family and loved ones, and relive old memories as much as feels right.

Downsize into a Larger World at Atlantic Shores

At Atlantic Shores, we offer an impressive selection of senior apartments and villa homes, wide-ranging services and amenities, an on-site wellness center to help you track your health and wellness goals, and a full continuum of on-site care. To learn more about our resort-inspired lifestyle, our comprehensive range of services, social activities, amenities, and award-winning cuisine, contact us here.