Every day Alan Kutner enjoys his coffee and morning paper in the bay window alcove of his great room. It’s his favorite spot.

Alan Kutner didn’t know how to begin downsizing from his too-large house of 44 years in Havertown, Pa., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

Ann Chapman enjoyed a seamless transition from her home of 35 years to Eagle’s Trace, thanks in part to moving resources available through Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

Ann Chapman’s home of 35 years in Houston’s Lakeside Estates neighborhood was filled with memories.

“It was a great place to raise my children,” says Ann. “We lived on a cul de sac and had wonderful neighbors, but I was also beginning to realize that it was time to move. I was tired of keeping up a house.”

Kathy and George Wilson (front) worked with Oak Crest Sales Counselor Kelly Friend (back row, left) and Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth (back row, right) to plan their move.

When Kathy and George Wilson grew tired of the routine maintenance and headaches that came with living in their Carney townhouse, they made good on their plan to start living worry-free at Oak Crest.

Why have we become so caught up in letting the things in our house rule the decisions we make and the way we live? While too many of us see downsizing as a daunting task, others approach it as an exciting step forward. 

Christmas decorations

As a personal moving consultant, I hear this one question all the time from people starting to downsize: “Where did I get all this stuff?” I hate to tell you, but it only gets worse during the holidays when we pull out decorations that add even more to the clutter.  

Greenspring
David and Lana Massoni moved after 30 years to Greenspring in Springfield, Va.

After attending an open house at Greenspring, David and Lana Massoni were ready to sell the house they’d lived in for the past 30 years.

Highland Springs
Barbara Buehler enjoyed a seamless move to Highland Springs, thanks to Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

Barbara Buehler’s home of 37 years in Plano, Tex., was packed full of memories.

“I hosted the annual New Year’s Eve party for our neighborhood,” says Barbara. “My house was also the last stop when my neighbors and I got together for progressive dinners.”

Seabrook
Rona Mininni found friends of a lifetime at Seabrook, the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J. The foursome hosts The Girls, a talk show on the community’s TV station. (From left) Judy Tier, Rona Mininni, Judy Sullivan, and Amy Volz.

Rona Mininni knew exactly what life would be like at Seabrook, the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., because her father had lived there. What she didn’t expect was how easy her move would be. 

Charlestown
The nature trail is one of the many amenities that attracted Betty Caldwell to Charlestown.

Betty Caldwell loved everything about her Columbia, Md., home, except the stairs. Thirty years of climbing up and down three levels had taken its toll on her knees and got her thinking that maybe it was time for a change.