Communicate with your family and friends

Step 2: Communicate with your family and friends.

This step isn’t about asking for permission or opinions. It is a good idea, however, and sometimes necessary to keep family members and friends in the loop regarding your plans, goals, and wishes. If you do find that you need some help later, your support system will be on the same page.

Share your plan, thoughts, and goals related to your current and future living arrangements and find out if they have any questions or concerns.

Surprisingly, a downsizing move from a long-time family home can be emotional for adult children or grandchildren and giving them advance notice about your intentions gives them time to adjust to the idea.