Don’t Let an Oversized Home Drown Your Retirement Dreams

Happy senior couple planning retirement travel

Ever dreamed of traveling the world, visiting places you never had the time – or the money – to visit when you were younger? Many people enjoy retirement travel once the kids are out of the house and the rigors of a daily job are no longer an issue.

But if you own a home, there still is a stumbling block to any adventurous plans you may have for your golden years. Houses require a lot of work, especially if you plan to leave them for an extended period of time. Who will mow the grass or shovel the snow? Who will make sure the windows and doors remain secure in your absence? If a pipe bursts while you’re away, who will clean up the mess and call a plumber for repairs? There’s little doubt about it. Leaving behind a home to travel can be a huge pain.

Even if you don’t plan to leave your home for extended periods of time, the hours of time needed to maintain a lawn and to make minor repairs can take away from other more enjoyable activities.

Many seniors enjoy becoming more involved with their community or with nonprofit organizations following retirement. Reaching out to help others is truly what gives most people the greatest joy in life. But if they are tied down to a house, the time they have to volunteer with their favorite charities and organizations may be extremely limited.

There are many great charities in Oregon and Washington in need of volunteers. A great way to find an organization that best matches your skills and interests is This website can be used to help locate nonprofit organizations in need of volunteers. Choose from a physical location volunteering opportunity or one that can be done from the comfort of your own home, age groups you prefer to work with and causes you support to generate matches.

Some seniors – especially those living in retirement communities – have the opportunity to serve as tutors in nearby public schools or colleges, or to teach classes to others in the community.

The opportunities for enjoying retirement are endless once the burden of owning a home is eliminated. To learn more about downsizing, consider attending an Upside of Downsizing® Conference. More information on the conference is available here.

Mary Spann

Mary Spann

Mary Spann is the founder and president of Upside of Downsizing®. In addition to her 26 years in construction, interior design, and home staging, Mary also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, making her uniquely qualified to assist with the downsizing process. Mary learned the key components of construction and interior design at an early age. Her father was a prominent custom home builder in Minnesota and Texas, and her mother was a successful interior designer and a real estate broker.
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