My husband and I are retired and are beginning to think about moving out of the home we raised our family in, and into a smaller place. Our children are coming home for the holidays, and we are wondering if there is a way we can use the time together to begin to plan for such a change while they are here without ruining a nice time together. Is this an impossible dream?
Actually, it sounds like a great opportunity. If you’re thinking this may be one of the last times you’ll all be together as a family in your home, you will want to be sure to savor the experience and make the most of it.Take pictures, tell stories, and just enjoy the fact you’re all together once more in this special place.
Being all together in one place with extra time can also offer a chance for you to talk with your children about your plans. You might also want to begin talking about or dispersing some special family items among them. And if they have been storing some of their things in your home, now is the time for them to take responsibility for those items themselves.
Downsizing the home does not have to be an ordeal. Starting when there is plenty of time to take your time and enjoy the process can make a big difference in the quality of the experience. The holidays can be a good time for bringing past, present, and future together as you plan for a new stage in your life as a family.
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