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5 Tips for Downsizing When Entering a Continuing Care Retirement Community

5 Tips for Downsizing When Entering a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Downsizing from a home into an apartment is not without challenges. The thought of moving out of a long-time residence may bring many complex and sentimental feelings. Although this transition may be emotional, moving into a new home within a continuing care retirement community can also be an exciting transition that offers many benefits. 

If you are looking for a retirement community in Seattle, explore what The Hearthstone at Green Lake has to offer.

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The Benefits of Downsizing Before Moving into a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Downsizing is often viewed as a daunting task, but the benefits it brings are invaluable. Reducing the number of belongings leads to an optimized living environment. 

Downsizing can bring ease to the moving process and peace of mind knowing that only necessary items are being packed. Getting rid of additional furniture, kitchen items, and decor can help keep the new living space decluttered.

Although there is typically a whole host of common areas for residents to utilize, abundant storage space is usually scarce.

When is the Best Time to Start Downsizing?

With the search for a retirement community is complete, the downsizing process should begin in earnest. The sooner you begin downsizing, the smoother the transition into your new environment. 

There are two optimal times for people to consider downsizing. 

  • Early retirement planning

Early retirement planning is a great time to identify items in your household that are no longer of use to you. These items can be donated or given to family members or friends.

  • Preparation for moving

Once the specific move date is on the calendar, all of the items in the home should be assessed.

Tips for an Efficient and Smooth Downsizing Process

  1.  Create a plan

Developing a detailed plan can lead to successful downsizing. Identify a timeline for the process and tasks that will need to be completed. Create a sorting process to guide what items will be kept, given to family, donated, or sold.

  1.  Ask for help

Downsizing into a new space can be overwhelming. Consider asking family or friends to help go through the items in the current home and pack in preparation for the move or hire a professional downsizer.

  1.  Prioritize Essentials

Identifying the essential items that will be going to the new apartment first can help speed up the downsizing process. Once the essentials have been placed to the side, focus can be placed on the remaining items. 

  1.  Determine what has sentimental value

Belongings that have sentimental value should be put aside at the beginning of the downsizing process to ensure the most important items are kept safe. 

  1. Focus on one room at a time

Downsizing does not have to be overwhelming. Focusing on one room of the house at a time can eliminate stress about the size and scope of the project.

Create a Moving Day Plan

Minimize the chance of worry on moving days by creating a plan. Small considerations such as timing, weather, and how belongings are being transported will help create a smooth transition into the continued care retirement community.

  • Pack essentials separately for the first night’s stay

Pack a designated box with essential items such as medications, important documents, and personal belongings that will be needed immediately upon arrival at the new home. This can ease any stress that individuals may face when arriving at their new home with all of their belongings in boxes. These essentials should travel with you to your new residence.

  • Acquire help on moving day

Planning accordingly for the moving day may include acquiring a moving vehicle and coordinating help with boxes from movers, friends or family. Ask the retirement community for moving company referrals.

  • Organize in your new space

After arriving at the new apartment, unpacking the necessary items and putting them away can help make the first night in the new apartment an easy transition.

The Hearthstone at Green Lake: Puget Sound’s Leading Continuing Care Retirement Community

The Hearthstone enjoys a reputation as Western Washington’s leading continuing care retirement community, offering independent living apartments to persons age 62+ in Seattle’s Green Lake Neighborhood.

Residents in any of our buildings are afforded a full complement of community amenities and CCRC health services if needed, including skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care.

Our campus offers a variety of community spaces and social activities. To learn more about The Hearthstone, call  (206) 517-2216 or complete the contact form.

  • As a long-time Green Lake resident, when I began to explore retirement living communities, The Hearthstone quickly became the perfect choice. I have met so many wonderful and interesting people here. I enjoy having a bistro in my building and access to so many excellent fitness classes, movies, educational classes and other activities offered. I made the best decision for me, and it is a gift to my children as well. They are grateful that I reside is such a safe, caring and supporting community and so am I.

    ~Terri, Cove East
  • Our decision to move to Cove West at the Hearthstone took several years. We were specifically looking for a non-profit CCRC in order to meet any future healthcare needs. The Hearthstone’s well-established reputation stood out as did the Green Lake location, which in our opinion is unmatched in the Seattle area.  All of the community's amenities and the newly-built (at the time) Cove West sealed the deal. Last but not least, we have found true community with our neighbors.

    ~Dave and Judy, Cove West
  • We lived separately and happily at the Hearthstone for several years, and we still consider our individual moves here to be very good decisions. We met at dinner one evening and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. As a result, the second, totally unexpected decision we made to move in together was another very good decision. Together, we have found something we thought was lost forever. Not everyone finds love at eighty-one. We wouldn’t have either had one of us not moved to The Hearthstone.  

    ~Keith and Therese, The Lakeside
  • I love living at The Hearthstone and in the wonderful Green Lake neighborhood. My fellow residents and I make up a close-knit community in which there are countless opportunities to improve our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. And the food is good too!

    ~Don, The Lakeside
  • We love calling the Hearthstone our home, as does our dog Dosey, who is SO happy living just one block from Green Lake park. Exercise classes and the well-equipped gym keep us physically active. Music trivia and local excursions are fun. The staff supports our daily living with maintenance, cleaning, rides, trips, humor and kindness. We feel lucky to live here.

    ~Ann and Mary, The Lakeside
  • It is all about community at The Hearthstone and not just the Green Lake neighborhood community.  While we love living in such a vibrant neighborhood, it is the true sense of community with other residents and staff members that makes The Hearthstone so special.

    ~Frank and Jean, The Lakeside
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