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Right-sizing and the Upsides of Downsizing

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Some call it ‘Downsizing’: the move from the home where you have lived for a long time to a smaller residence in an active adult or retirement community – but maybe “Right-sizing” is a better description, notes Susan Mahoney, Director of Sales & Marketing with Park Springs, Atlanta’s premier retirement community.

Many seniors will reach a point when they realize that the time is right to move from their now too-large home where they reared their family and where every closet, as well as the attic and basement, houses the treasures that were collected over their – and sometimes even their ancestors’ – lifetimes!

Right-sizing brings organization and simplification.

Right-sizing brings relief.

De-cluttering can benefit you, your family and your favorite causes and prepare you for the move to the right community for you – like Park Springs with its award-winning dining, outstanding wellness facilities, active social life and continuum of care.

Keep what brings you joy

Maricita Hughes, Director of Interiors with Isakson Living, and a renowned interior designer and expert in the senior housing industry, appreciates some of the wisdom found in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,”” the New York Times bestseller by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo. “There are a lot of valuable tips here that can help guide people through the process of downsizing,” notes Maricita.

In her book, Marie Kondo helps people look at their possessions with a keen and critical eye, and asks a very basic but important question when to keep or discard something: “Will it bring you joy?”

Maricita notes that some of the recommendations in the book may apply in particular to senior adults who have accumulated more than a lifetime of tangible memories – from grandmother’s linens to that complete set of Encyclopedia Brittanica that helped get the kids into college. She recommends Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

To make moving even less stressful, she also recommends that people who are considering moving to Park Springs ask about Park Springs’ service that matches new Members with home sale professionals who help assess a home’s value, prepare it for sale, pack belongings and unpack them in the Member’s new home at Park Springs.

If you are ready to ‘Right-size’ now, it’s not too soon to start thinking about moving to Park Springs by Isakson Living. To schedule a personal tour of Park Springs, please contact one of Park Springs’ Residency Counselors at 678-684-3300 or visit www.parksprings.com.

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