By now, you’re probably up to your eyeballs hearing about all the snow. Well, at least up to your knees.
You’ve spent hours shoveling, or if you’re like me, paying an outrageous amount of money to someone with a plow.
What does snow have to with downsizing? EVERYTHING!
Here’s what I mean.
Even with a snowplow, two feet of snow is difficult to remove. People were stuck in their homes for a couple of days. I have friends who were helping out their kids by babysitting their grandkids who hadn’t gone back to school yet roughly an entire week later.
If you’re a Boomer over 50, you have better things to do. Or if we’re being honest, you really don’t have the energy anymore.
Take my case.
We moved into a smaller home, with a shorter driveway and walkways. We thought we had made life much easier for ourselves… until it snowed. Our driveway has a big downhill slant and the truck and plow being used by the guy we hired got stuck at the bottom and couldn’t make its way back up.
After he finally got out, we said our many thank yous and he was on his way. It was only then that I realized I hadn’t had him clear the 100 feet of public sidewalk behind the hedge that was our responsibility! I’d share a picture of me and my snow shovel, but it’s just too embarrassing.
Become a Radical
Instead, I’ll tell you the story of two recent clients who used to live in a large home on a lovely suburban street. Long driveway, large back deck, three stories, many gutters. Here’s a picture of their home during a blizzard.
When their 5 daughters became adults, it came time for them to downsize and they made a radical decision. We sat and talked about what they loved about their current home and what they hated. Top of the list? They loved spending time with friends outdoors. They despised getting rid of the snow. They loved warm weather, biking, and golf. And they were determined not to be sidetracked from their goals.
Even though they weren’t ready for retirement, they decided to fulfill their dream now. They made a radical decision and bought their dream home in Florida, built to their specifications, and bought a small cooperative apartment in their old town so they could continue to commute to their jobs and still have room for visiting kids. Just not that MUCH room.
With the sale of their house, they saved money, and are now living in bliss.
Here’s a picture of their toes poolside.
No more snow plowing or shoveling or that ice-melting stuff for them. No more aching shoulders and backs.
Instead, the staff at their building manages all that and their car is in a garage. Instead, they’re able to relax and really enjoy the snow. Here’s a picture of them cross country skiing in a gorgeous park.
It’s Not Really About Snow
This blog isn’t really about snow. We all know it’s a pain to deal with snow. I could give you tips on the right way to shovel and materials you should have on hand. But that would be a waste of your time, and perhaps you don’t even live in a snowy area of the country.
What this is really about is making the right choices and knowing yourself. About being on the same page with your significant other and investigating early. Knowing which choices exist.
My clients thought hard. They were honest with themselves and decided what was truly important to them. They found a way to make it happen.
Be confident that you can too.
There are so many options:
- You could sell your house, buy one in your ultimate dream destination, and then rent it out until you’re ready to make the move.
- You could sell your house, store all your belongings, and take a tour of the world. Or volunteer for a worthy cause far away.
- You could sell your house and move closer to your grandchildren.
- Or you could sell your house, and just plain “right-size” locally. Then sit back and have a good long think about the exciting things your future could bring.
What’s most important is to determine your motivation to downsize and leave yourselves open to opportunity. It might very well be that it’s the snow that is the impetus or it could be something completely different. In the meantime, shovel your sidewalk, but don’t forget to shovel the path to your new life.