Fresh Space For A New Chapter

Dated: 01/26/2020

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One of the most challenging times for older adults is transitioning from being "empty nesters" 

in larger family homes to accepting a smaller living space.

What makes this such a challenge for some?  Living in an affluent society, we have found it easy 

to accumulate "stuff" over the years.  

The longer that objects have a place in our space, the more emotionally attached to them we can become.  

Visually, it looks like a "bell curve" over time.  As we get older, we take on more responsibility, 

that in turn requires larger support systems.  

We may have a rented room as a single person, then lease an apartment or small house if we marry.  

Adding children may require a larger home and yard.  At some point in time, we need to reverse this process, and slide down 

the "bell curve" to a simpler lifestyle.

Noted songwriter Gloria Gaither (Homecoming magazine, July/August 2013), describes this process well.  She says,

"The goal is to make a fresh space for a new chapter of life that honors the past but celebrates the future with hope and expectancy."

In her article, she mentions three ideas to help accomplish this goal:

1.  Choose an apartment, condo or smaller house that is open and light, with neutral paint colors to make the space feel bigger.

2.  Sort through furniture and accessories to choose the pieces that truly complement the new space in scale and style.

3.  Give away items to family and friends that you know they will treasure.

Embracing this positive perspective will certainly keep us from clinging to the past, 

while giving us emotional energy to enjoy setting up our new home.

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Roger Franks

Roger has been a resident of Maryland for over 30 years. He brings a solid background in sales and customer service along with an expert knowledge of Frederick County and the local community. He is pa....

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