Monday, June 13, 2011

How to Rightsize

For many empty nesters the question isn't whether or not they want to "rightsize," it’s about whether or not they know how to begin this seemingly-daunting process. Who's better to offer their expert advice than Ciji Ware, who has provided baby boomers with a simple seven-step program for rightsizing your life?

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•   Step 1: Decide on Your Space
The decision to "age in place" or relocate when you rightsize is deeply-rooted in the personal desires and needs of the baby boomer. Your new rightsized environment needs to be able to fulfill both your emotional desires as well as your functional needs in the long-run. While most adults stay in place due to the comfort of their location in terms of its agreeable climate, convenient facilities, and nearby friends and family, the truth of matter is many lifestyle communities offer homeowners a new living space without the sacrifice of location. Pohlig at Haverford Reserve offers lifestyle housing right in the Main Line so that baby boomers can enjoy new rightsized living without disrupting their existing careers, friendships, or other local connections.

•    Step 2: Identify Your Favorite Things
This step involves asking Ciji’s worthwhile questions, "What of all the things you own do you love the best?" and "What aspects of a particular possession are vital, in your view?" It's important to recognize that we carry emotional ties with all of our personal possessions, because they bring about some form of happiness and satisfaction to our lives. Yet, in order to rightsize, you need to prioritize your belongings to determine which of your property is most valuable and why. You may endure a continual desire to keep hold of things, because you feel as though your possessions define your self-worth. However, in order to properly rightsize and embrace this new stage in age, you must take note of those belongings which still hold meaning and significance and those belongings which, as Ciji Ware describes it, "don’t work for us anymore, don't make sense to keep anymore, and take up too much room."

•    Step 3: Edit Your Possessions Room by Room
Though one of the most intimidating and overwhelming phases in the process, this step holds one of the most liberating outcomes for those empty nesters looking for true, simplified living. You’ve already identified the things you love, so this next step is meant to jump-start your progression in de-cluttering your property. It's all about developing a system for organizing your belongings to once and for all get rid of all that clutter. To better help baby boomers to identify those items deemed "clutter," Ware references author Karen Kingston who defines clutter as,

  • Things you do not use or love
  • Things that are untidy or disorganized
  • Too many things in too small a space
  • Anything that is unfinished

    •    Step 4: Fine-Tune
    Here, the focus is on collections- the assortment of objects you have enjoyed gathering at one point or another in your lifetime. This is the time in your life when you realize that collections, while significant at some period in your past often represent an unnecessary accumulation of objects and things that no longer hold value to you at this stage in age. As Ciji Ware puts it, an evaluation of these collections, will allow you to "decide if you absolutely must find a place for the entire collection or for just a representative sample of what you have amassed." It’s really about sorting through your "treasures" to keep hold of those genuine "gems."

    •    Step 5: Pare Down
    Nothing is more overwhelming to the average baby boomer than sifting through those masses of clothing and paper you have lying around, but the truth of the matter is- they're major sources of unnecessary clutter and chaos in your life. How to address this one? Ciji Ware turns to fashion expert Linda Daniels for her advice on how to perform "wardrobe rehab" to your closet. Daniels' 3-step program to send, mend, or blend your apparel items, offers an organizational system for establishing that "right," "perfectly blended" wardrobe that functions for you at this time in your life. As for those piles of papers, they represent an entirely new battle to conquer. In this case, Ciji Ware offers up her own, personal 7-step system for sorting through that mess of documents, as well as her own little bit of advice- "Many of the top reasons we’re drowning in paper revolves around guilt, and in most cases, guilt is a wasted emotion."

    •    Step 6: Call in the Professionals
    There may have been a lot of battles won in the past five steps, or maybe you’re still struggling to sort out that mess of a wardrobe. In that case, Ciji Ware says it’s perfectly reasonable to seek out the professional help you may need. While rightsizing proves to be a very self-liberating process, the truth is- sometimes you just need that extra, little bit of help that’s worth paying for. Hiring experts might be the perfect guidance you need for making rightsizing-progress, and Ciji says "one of the best ways to determining what kind of outside help you need is first to ask yourself what problem or problems you are trying to solve."

    •    Step 7: Stay Sane During Your Rightsizing Move
    Moving is never easy on anyone but Ware couldn’t be more right when she said "…regardless of circumstance, if you do your part and create and execute a reasonable plan to the best of our ability, you have a much better chance of having things go well." In this case, procrastination is man’s worst enemy, you need to confront this obstacle and come to realization that nothing’s going to get done until you go ahead and do it yourself. Creating a system for moving and organizing all of your material possessions, is the best way for ensuring that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

    Rightsizing at Athertyn will allow you to  pursue your passions
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    People In Action - Ciji Ware
    How to Know Rightsizing is Right for You
    Rightsizing Without Compromise

    Credits for these excerpts: Ciji Ware, author of Rightsizing Your Life®: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most

    Ciji Ware's book, Rightsizing Your Life®: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most can be found at

    You can learn more about Ciji Ware at

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