A couple of years ago my Mom and step-Dad bought a place in Florida to spend the winters. Last year they sold their house in Vermont and bought a new, smaller place about an hour away to spend their summers. They moved in to their new place in April and it has been great. They have been able to see the boys a lot more and my Mom has really helped me get some projects done around the house. We will see them this weekend, but it will be the last time before they head south for the winter again.
The changes to their living situation got me thinking about simple living and retirement. How it must be really hard to figure out what stuff you really need and is important to you when you are moving to a smaller home. Also how important the relationships you have with your family can be while you are making plans about what you want to do. I think that my Mom really enjoyed being closer to Colby and Sawyer this summer and I am thankful that she was able to help me out so much.
Ciji Ware lectures nationally on the subject of simplification and is a former Health and Lifestyle radio and TV commentator for ABC in Los Angeles. Her websites are www.rightsizingyourlife.com and http://www.cijiware.com. She says, “Rightsizing and simplification is a process, not an event, with some simple steps to take to achieve a living environment that suits a person’s age, stage, and situation.”
Ciji is also the author of RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most. A description of the book from Amazon.com:
“Millions of midlife Americans are starting to reevaluate their surroundings as their kids begin to leave the nest and they themselves start to think about retirement. Whether they’re going from the multi-bedroom suburban house to a condo in the city, or downsizing from two homes to one, or making room for grandchildren to visit or an elderly relative to join the family, the trend for people in their 50s and beyond is a shift to well-planned living quarters that suit their age, stage, and situation. And in making this transition, they’ll face the daunting task of paring down a lifetime of possessions while furnishing their new lives with things that have meaning.”
You can download the first chapter of Ciji’s book for free at: http://www.cijiware.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/Rightsizing_01.pdf