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Downsize – The 3 Signs That It Is Time

There are real estate agents, and then there are KW Real Estate Planners. As a KW Real Estate Planner community member, we provide holistic real estate consultation. We ensure you are cared for from the beginning to the end. We advise on successfully building and transferring wealth through real estate, planning to downsize, and senior living options.

Today’s topic: When to Downsize.

In a world where we often equate success with acquiring more, it’s easy to overlook the benefits of downsizing. However, there comes a point in many people’s lives when downsizing becomes viable and desirable. Whether you’re an empty-nester, facing financial challenges, or simply yearning for a more minimalist lifestyle, recognizing the signs that it’s time to downsize can lead to a more fulfilling life. Hear me: when you downsize out of preparedness, it beats necessity every. single. time.

In this blog post, we will explore three key indicators that it may be the right moment to consider downsizing.

Empty Nest Syndrome:

One of the most common triggers for downsizing occurs when children grow up and move out of the family home. Although emotionally challenging for many, the empty nest syndrome also presents an opportunity for newfound freedom and flexibility. As you no longer need the space to accommodate a growing family, downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home can provide several advantages

Firstly, downsizing reduces the financial burden associated with maintaining a larger property. Smaller homes generally come with lower mortgage payments, reduced utility bills, and diminished property taxes. This financial freedom can empower you to allocate resources towards fulfilling your dreams and aspirations, such as traveling or pursuing hobbies. Can you say, “Hello Greece!!”🇬🇷

Moreover, a smaller home demands less maintenance and upkeep. This allows you to spend less time on chores and more time doing what you love. Downsizing can offer a sense of liberation from the physical and emotional weight of a larger property, enabling you to focus on personal growth and self-care.

Financial Constraints:

Life can be unpredictable, and at times, financial challenges may arise. Whether due to unexpected medical expenses, a job loss, or mounting debts, struggling with finances can be overwhelming. In such circumstances, downsizing can provide a lifeline and pave the way toward financial stability.

By moving to a smaller (more affordable) residence, you can significantly reduce your expenses. This step allows you to pay off debts, build an emergency savings account, or invest in opportunities that can generate future income. Downsizing also provides an opportunity to reassess priorities and let go of items that no longer serve a purpose. Cue Mari Kondo here!

Desire for a Minimalist Lifestyle:

Downsizing forces you to evaluate and prioritize your belongings. It forced you to let go of excess and embrace a more minimalist approach. By shedding unnecessary possessions, you create a space that promotes peace, tranquility, and a sense of clarity. A smaller home can become a sanctuary that reflects your values, with only the items that truly bring you joy and serve a purpose.


Perhaps you are thinking, “This sounds nice, but where do I start!?” Downsizing is not a one-size-fits-all solution! There are many ways to simplify life at home. Next week’s blog post will explore various options, from the villas by McKelvey Homes to senior living communities like The Brentmoor and The Clarendale Clayton. We will also introduce you to the newest company in Saint Louis helping Seniors stay at home, My Circle.

Whether you’re experiencing the empty nest syndrome, facing financial constraints, or seeking a minimalist lifestyle, recognizing the signs that it’s time to downsize can be empowering.

Downsizing offers financial freedom, reduces maintenance burden, and allows you to curate a living space that aligns with your values. It opens up possibilities for new experiences, increased leisure time, and the ability to redirect resources toward activities and pursuits that bring you JOY!

So, if you resonate with any of the signs discussed in this blog post, head to our resources page and download the Downsizing Quiz, then reach out to plan your FREE strategy session today!

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