Even if all you’re doing is moving to a condo across town, downsizing can be a journey. From the sadness of leaving a house you may have raised a family in, to decisions about what to keep, give away or throw away, downsizing can leave you with enough emotional baggage to fill a few dumpsters. In this month’s theme, we offer up 4 articles and a comic that takes on the topic of downsizing with just the right amount of humor, advice and empathy.
As my husband and I approached our 60s, conversations with our various social groups inevitably led to discussions about where we would all like to retire, usually so we could continue in our fellowship - these conversations often held after a few cocktails- and depending upon the crowd, Steve and I would shift our responses to fit the scene-- south for the weather, north for the skiing, summer haunts to be with old friends and family.
Looking to downsize and move from your Colonial in the burbs to a city condo and bring Sparky, the dog, with you? Be aware of the rules in play before you bring the dog into your new digs. It can be far more complicated - and expensive - than you think.
When Maria and Josh Whitehead (not their real names) decided to downsize, they thought it was a five-year plan, but when the perfect ranch house came on the market in their neighborhood in Pittsburgh, they knew they had to grab it, as the ranch inventory is small.
When my husband, Steve, and I decided to downsize, we calculated our bucket ages at 33 - that meant we have a whole lot more living to do. Though I may not share my husband’s penchant for skiing the Arctic, we do want to spend our retirement years with the freedom to satisfy our wanderlust.