It doesn’t take long to hear from seniors who move into the cottages at Pickering Manor: “I love it here! My only regret is that I did not move here sooner!”
Why don’t seniors move in sooner? One of the things that hold seniors back from deciding to move to a cottage is the seemingly monumental task of downsizing.
But there are many joys to downsizing both during the process and after it is completed.
• Downsizing and moving to a cottage makes life simple. How full is your garage? Your attic? Your basement? What kind of burden or stress is that extra stuff putting on you emotionally and mentally not to mention the physical work of caring for it? You may even have a storage unit, too. Paring down your belongings to what will fit in our spacious two-bedroom cottages will leave you less stressed.
• Enjoy a trip down memory lane as you look through your things. Maybe there are some long-forgotten happy memories that are triggered along the way. Take pictures of the items that bring you memories. Write down the memories to pass on to your children and grandchildren. Remember, you can keep the memory without keeping the item.
• When you decide to go into a cottage, you are the one who gets to decide what things you will bring with you. Too often seniors stay in their home until an accident or an illness forces them to move right from their large house into a personal care facility. This often means they lose the opportunity to go through their things themselves. That happened to Doris. Doris says, “Please, choose cottage living while you can! Then you can decide what happens to all your stuff. I still get sad when I think about what happened to me. I was still living in my own large house all by myself and I was getting older. One day I became ill and needed to be hospitalized. While I was in the hospital, my doctors said I needed to go into personal care and my children were left with the task of going through my house and deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. They didn’t know what I wanted to keep and I was too sick to give directions! By the time I was better again, my things were gone. My children did their best, but there are still a few things I think about and wish I had. If I could do it over again, I would have moved to a cottage or apartment while I was younger and healthier so I could have done the downsizing myself.”
• When you choose cottage living, you not only downsize your physical belongings, but you downsize the responsibilities you have. You no longer need to worry about snow removal, lawn care, garbage, and home maintenance. You also downsize your bills. Our one monthly fee takes care of heating, air conditioning, water, and sewer.
After downsizing and moving to a Pickering Manor cottage, your abundance of time and energy will allow you to take part in the variety of activities we provide at Pickering Manor. You can also visit with your friendly new neighbors in the surrounding cottages. Or you can pick up a hobby that you now have time for and access to since the box of supplies is no longer buried under a tower of stuff in a closet.
Call Pickering Manor and schedule a tour to see for yourself the cottages where you could be living the joys of a downsized life.