Simplify your life by simplifying your possessions

Willow Valley Communities offering ‘Managing Your Move’ Seminar and Expo on April 25

What could feel more freeing this spring season than to deep clean and (finally) declutter? It is certainly the season for it. Baby boomers especially see the benefits of this as they purge decades’ worth of possessions they realize are no longer needed. After decluttering, their homes — and their moods — suddenly seem lighter and brighter.

With that renewed sense of peace within, boomers also often see spring as the perfect time to downsize, simplify and move to a smaller residence. They find it refreshing to spend their time and resources on acquiring experiences, rather than on filling a large home with more things — things they really don’t need, and things their family doesn’t want.

However, starting the process of removing decades of “stuff” does require a certain mindset. And a certain skillset. It can seem daunting and, therefore, it’s hard to get started.

Willow Valley Communities, a premier 55-plus senior living community in Lancaster, understands this challenge. To assist, they are offering a free “Managing Your Move” Seminar and Expo from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Seminar speakers will share tips and tricks about preparing for a move, why downsizing should really be called “right-sizing,” and what you need to know before you put your home on the market.

After the seminar, the event will include an expo featuring area businesses who can give you even more information about relocation, storage, design, real estate, finances and much more. They will also have special offers exclusively for those who attend.

Willow Valley Communities’ resident Ted Watt remembers when he made the move from his Lancaster city home in the historic Old Town neighborhood for a one-bedroom apartment at Willow Valley Communities.

“I just didn’t want to be bothered with a lot of square footage I didn’t use,” he says, noting it was just an invitation to gather more stuff. He says he now has the best of both worlds: “I didn’t give up any of my friends or my family. I still have my Lancaster life and now I have my Willow Valley Communities life.” He adds, “It’s so easy to live comfortably, live well, living small. There’s so much I want to do with my life, rather than have a house as a big anchor.”

Willow Valley Communities’ award-winning amenities make it easy for baby boomers to embrace a life of experiences rather than possessions. An 80,000-square-foot Cultural Center, with 500-seat performing arts theater, art gallery, Day Spa, Vitality Café, and aquatics and fitness centers, provides countless ways for residents to pursue their passions. A 30,000-square-foot Clubhouse, with outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts, golf simulator, bowling alley, vintage arcade and full-service gourmet restaurant, offers even more.

Hundreds of classes, clubs, lectures, presentations and shows take place in the community, all nestled on 210 acres of rolling countryside, just three miles outside of downtown Lancaster — recently designated by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 Place to Retire in the country.

Willow Valley Communities is also the only exclusively Lifecare community in Lancaster County. Lifecare is a financially smart contract that means there is no increase to the monthly service fee if a higher level of personal care, skilled nursing care or memory support is needed later. So baby boomers are free to downsize — right-size — and embrace the freeing lifestyle of Willow Valley Communities, while pursuing passions with the peace of mind of Lifecare for their future.

Call Willow Valley Communities at 866-655-1441 to learn more about and RSVP for their upcoming “Managing Your Move” Seminar and Expo or any of their other events, seminars and services that can help you begin your journey to a right-sized life — a life rich with experiences, not items.