How to right-size your move? Tips from La Posada’s Settling-In crew!

“We’re moving!”

Now, take a deep breath and let your body relax….

Moving is one of the most stressful life events one will face.  Moving means leaving what is familiar and taking a chance offering new employment opportunities, life experiences, retirement, or pursuing a dream.  To many, moving is leaving children or grandchildren, good friends, a well-established life, and parting with “stuff” one used throughout the years.

Often, moving means giving up control of the situation to complete strangers: Your placing your stuff, heirlooms, and family history with businesses recommended to you by family and friends.  Further, we haven’t gotten to the issues of switching doctors, transporting pets, and traveling to your new home.

Presently, the Settling-In crew at La Posada coordinates moves for present and future residents to our campus.  In 2005, Settling-In was created by La Posada to address the need of not just downsizing one’s home, but the real need, right-sizing your future place.  The La Posada Settling-In crew  averages 7 – 12 moves every month.

Right-sizing means making better use of existing or future spaces through proper planning. Right-sizing your home means taking inventory of your stuff and making hard decisions about your household items, furniture, and mementos.

In short, people who right-size their homes need to ponder 3 simple list ideas while taking inventory of their present homes:

  • Must haves for your new place: What would you replace if gone?
  • What I can live without in my new place: These are items you could sell, donate, or offer to the kids.  If space becomes a concern, get rid of these items.
  • Things I could replace: These are big items. Consider replacing the  massive sectional couch with a smaller sofa.

Right-sizing  your home doesn’t need to be an unpleasant, intrusive experience! Your investing in a leap of faith. Slow down and listen to the advice from those you hired to do your move.  Sometimes,  one cannot control the moving results but you can take initiative with proper pre-planning and  organizing tips!  

Whether using moving professionals or your self-movers, La Posada’s  Settling-In coordinator Roxanne Duren-Walters offers these moving tips:

During pre-planning your move….

  • Before moving your furniture to a new place, ask for a “to-scale” floor plan. Measure your furniture and determine if there is enough space to place the furniture you wish to bring
  • Dust off your household items before bringing them into your new clean place.
  • Hang pictures, wall art, and place fragile artwork last.
  • Pack an overnight bag for one day or several nights including your prescriptions. After moving day (s), its nice to wake up, take a shower and put on clean clothes.
  • For the pet owner, keep your pet with a friend or your vet until your completely moved. Moving crews are not aware of your pet and are busy moving you into your place.

Right-sizing your move….

  • In a given knickknack category ask the following: If I can take only 3 pieces with me, which would they be? Which items are meaningful?
  • Any room in your present home you don’t use? Would you miss the items in this room?
  • Can you access present furniture easily? Do you need to bend down or use a ladder to get to items? Maybe its time for functional furniture based on your evolving physical needs.
  • Don’t expect your children to have the same taste in furniture.  If they don’t want an item or piece of furniture, consider an estate sale, or a consignment shop.
  • Will you entertain more or less in your next place?  Often, a full service for 8 silverware, glassware, dinnerware, & serving dishes meets your needs.
  • How often will you be cooking?  Limit the number of pots, pans, and casserole dishes. This includes all those small appliances that you watched a 30 minute commercial about.
  • Clothing: If you haven’t warn it in a year, get rid of it! Keep special occasion clothing provided you intend to wear it again.

Moving tips for self-movers….

  • Place glassware inside socks…Saves on bubble wrap costs!
  • Use your clothing to cushion breakables
  • Label your boxes with contents AND what room it goes into
  • Keep Ziploc baggies and a Sharpie pen handy to hold hardware from items the require dissembling and label.
  • Take a picture of the back of your computer and TV so you know which wire goes where.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to pack. Boxes with cut outs for hands are easier to lift or drag.

Need more unusual moving tips?

Often, moving means right-sizing your place to fit into a new home and lifestyle. Your happiness with moving results depends on asking yourself the hard, honest questions about your present and future needs and your “stuff”.

La Posada’s mission :To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

Time Management in Retirement…What’s that?

How do you manage your free time in retirement?

Do you idle and see what happens next? Or, do you set goals to accomplish retirement experiences?

Yes, we are talking about time management in retirement!

We aren’t talking about honey-do lists or the innocuous bucket lists items.  What you do in retirement  is your own choice…But, are you creating a memorable retirement or dwelling on time?

According to a Next Avenue story, many retirees wrestle with the concept of time management during retirement.  In March/April 2016, we asked La Posada residents the following question: How do you manage time in retirement? 

Here are their answers…..

“What is time management?” – Anonymous

“Retirement moves too fast…Too many choices.” – Marilyn

“Do what you want when you want.” -Nancy

“Pick and choose what you want to do! Donate your time to what really matters.” -Bob

“Learn to say no. Don’t over commit yourself. Achieve what you want.” – Mary

“Use calendars and reminder apps from your mobile phone to organize your time.” -Lisa

“Do personal chores everyday. I do one hour on my interests… email, stock market, family..” – Warren

“Make an agenda for each day. What will you accomplish today? Check them off each day. If you hate an item on your agenda,  do the item.  Reward yourself for completing the items you hate. ” – Dorothy

“Again, what is time management?” – Anonymous

“Don’t dwell in the past! This is now!  Do time management by activity, not by the clock. It’s frustrating ..You end up filling time. Pick an activity you enjoy, not time” – Dwight

” I manage my time in retirement based on my mobility and devices I need to do the activity.” -Lillian

“Don’t worry. Go with the flow. Take assignments or volunteer opportunities that matter.  Learn to say no very easily.” – Pete

“Enjoy yourself with what matters.  Your not being selfish. Don’t stress yourself.  You do what you want when you want.” -James

“I take care of my dog and see what happens next!” – Verna

“Walk your dog more and use the Apple watch for activity ideas.” – Mike

“Do things that matter.” – Terry

“Do what I want to do when I want to do it!” – Pat

“What do you want at that moment?” – Kimberly

“I don’t do something I really don’t want to do.  I am happier since making this my New Year’s resolution for 2016” – Majory

“Let your day flow. See what happens and do what you like.” – Anonymous

“Never even thought about time management.” – Warren

“I have always 2 to 3 projects because I am a procrastinator…I take moments for myself then go back to the projects.”-Jocelyn

“As orderly as I can keep it… I keep routine 4 days a week on a regular basis. it keeps your life in better order.” – Bob

“Just wing it! What strikes me today I do.” – Mabel

“Decide on what I want to do…I take care of my flowers.” – Al

“We base our schedules around Precious (dog) and what we do to stay mobile.” – Jerry

Did you get all that advice?

According to La Posada retirees, what is great time management during retirement..

  • Do something you want to do
  • Learn to say no
  • Take care of who or what is important
  • Don’t dwell on time
  • Keep routine
  • Donate your time to what really matters
  • Make choices to do activities creating mobility and happiness
  • Reward yourself for completing “chores” you hate
  • You are not being selfish; you earned your retirement

La Posada’s mission :To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

All photos are taken on the La Posada campus.

Life Begins at La Posada! Watch Our New Video Now.

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Let La Posada help you take the mystery out of retirement!

For some, retirement is filled with uncertainty.  For others, retirement is the time to live well, reinvent oneself, and create new memories through new friendships, travels, and “dream jobs” (volunteering)!

Retirement is the time to choose what you want to do and how you wish to live everyday. Where you choose to live in retirement needs to meet your intellectual, social, and physical desires. Where you choose to retire needs to create wonderful memories.

Since 1987, La Posada at Park Centre offers 62+ retirees a self-directed lifestyle.  Our campus is the social hub of Green Valley while offering plentiful wellness activities with fine dining options:  gourmet, vegan and vegetarian meal choices. We offer present and future residents maintenance-free apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes with over 30 floor plan options.

Below,  click on and watch our new informational video!

This video is 6 minutes and contains information suggested by our residents, staff, and the Green Valley community to share with perspective residents and their children about  the La Posada retirement culture.

We understand moving is a big step and are here to support you! Our retirement counselors can assist you in finding the right financial option to meet your needs.

For further information about La Posada’s maintenance-free homes and apartments, or want to attend a free financial workshop, please contact us at 520-648-8131.

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

Volunteering Creates Community!

Did you know the United States was founded on volunteerism?

According to the VolunteerMatch.org blog post, the original American colonists banded together to help each other plant and harvest crops, build houses, and create a new government.  In 1736,  Benjamin Franklin created and developed the first volunteer firehouse.

Since then, volunteers have played a pivotal role accomplishing the impossible in most historical events: The Great Awakening, The Civil War, The Great Depression, and World War II.

Volunteering creates community! Volunteers shape history by committing their time and efforts to a course of action benefiting others. Whether your retired or still in the work force, volunteerism creates solutions most communities don’t have the resources to solve.

Anyone can volunteer. Your volunteerism benefits children, retirees, nonprofits, and community service organizations providing crucial assistance to the general public. In Green Valley, examples of these organizations are the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank and Valley Assistance Services.

Volunteering allows one to…

  • Share their knowledge with younger generations
  • Make new friends
  • Discover hidden talents
  • Build new skill sets
  • Improve life for others
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Find sense of purpose
  • Creates smiles

Ready to volunteer?

Here’s how one can volunteer in the Green Valley- Sahuarita , Arizona community:

Visit the Green Valley – Sahuarita  Volunteer Clearinghouse which lists the latest, local volunteering opportunities!

If you wish to volunteer with La Posada or Casa Community Services, visit our volunteer page. Or , dial La Posada Volunteer Manager Barbara Salazar at 520-648-7999.

 

La Posada’s mission :To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

Have a question about La Posada? Ask Residents on September 30th!

We  know you have questions about La Posada!

Some questions we are asked by future residents:

  • What about the lifestyle?
  • What types of apartments and homes are available?
  • What services and features are included?
  • Can pets move to La Posada?
  • What activities are available to residents?

Now is the time to get your questions answered about La Posada by our residents!

Join us,  Wednesday, September 30th, 10:30 AM for an open question and answer forum with current La Posada residents. Complimentary lunch provided.

To reserve your seat, dial La Posada Marketing at 520-648-8131.

This free event is open to the public. The Ask a Resident Forum is located at the La Posada Recreation Center.

La Posada’s mission :To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

 

Let La Posada Surprise You!

Why do seniors choose to live at La Posada?

There are many reasons….watch our TV commercials (see below) and find out why! Our fine dining,  wellness and fitness choices, safety and security, on and off-campus transportation,  thriving volunteer culture, and intergenerational activities.

AND there is something to do all the time!

La Posada’s culture offers seniors the options of reinventing their retirement choices as they choose on a daily basis.

Below, find new La Posada TV commercials featuring our residents entitled: Let La Posada Surprise You!  Please click on a link to watch a commercial.

Still have questions? Contact La Posada Marketing at 520-648-8131 or email us: marketing@laposadagv.com.

Need to know a little more about our retirement culture? Visit our Facebook page!

La Posada’s mission :To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.