Hello New Adventures!

Photo by Scott Webb

Hello New Adventures!

Autumn is the season of change. It can also be a time of reflection and a time to plan for your future. What type of lifestyle would you like? More time to travel, perhaps meet new friends. Is it time to say goodbye to cooking, cleaning, yard maintenance, even stairs or financial worries? I met an inspiring woman in her 90s who was writing her bucket list. What is yours?

The fear of the unknown can often hold us back. It is hard to leave a home that you have enjoyed for many years. Your surroundings are familiar and you have many cherished memories. It is like leaving your best friend. Just remember, your memories will go with you.

The challenge is what to do with a houseful of personal belongings that you have collected over the years. Many of us have closets filled with clothes that do not fit, basements and garages full of tools that are not being used, and sad to admit, gifts received that are still in unopened packages. Downsizing can be the most overwhelming part of moving.

Many people are under the impression that every home should look like a show home. It is not necessary to spend money on “staging” for a home to sell. Just start decluttering and cleaning! There are many local charities that welcome donations. Did you know that Unison at the Kerby Centre has a Wise Owl Boutique? This next-to-new shop accepts donated items and can be a fun shopping experience. Unison also accepts unopened food items for their food security program.

Your housing options will depend on your lifestyle. Do you want to have a small garden? Move to an apartment-style where there are social activities? Do you have a pet? When you know where you are moving to, plans and dreams tend to fall into place.

If you would like more information, drop in for Kerby Coffee and Conversations on Housing for Seniors. Experts will discuss the process for finding suitable housing and answer your questions in a relaxed atmosphere. The second Tuesday of each month, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. at the Kerby Café. This is a free event and registration is not required.

Making a move can be overwhelming but with a little planning it can be an exciting time!