Downsize your Home and your Life: Ep. 157

downsizing your homeDo you need to downsize your home? What about downsizing your life? Why are these things beneficial as we retire?

We are re-releasing our episode about downsizing. Our guest is Kathy Gottberg, a published author of six books along with numerous magazine articles. On her blog, SMARTliving365.com, Kathy explores ideas and experiences to help create a sustainable, meaningful, happy and rewarding life for herself and others.

Since turning 60, Kathy has become increasingly interested in ideas around positive aging and retirement. Learn more about rightsizing and why downsizing doesn’t have to be a downgrade in this episode.

On today’s show we discuss:
  • Rightsizing vs. downsizing
  • Why rightsizing is so beneficial as we age and retire
  • How to rightsize

What is rightsizing?

Anything you have in your life requires energy, time and effort to maintain. The beauty of rightsizing is it allows you to choose what’s important to you. Use your time, energy and resources on the things you value most.

You can rightsize just about anything in your life. Rightsizing is about getting rid of the things that don’t really matter and focusing on the things that do.

The key with rightsizing is it’s individual. It will be different for everyone.

Areas you might need to rightsize:
  • Old habits
  • Toxic Habits
  • Your current job
Advice for rightsizing:
  • Do it with a loved one
  • Get away and get quiet
  • Find resources to help you

How to downsize your home? Ask yourself these questions.

  • What are the top 10 things that are most important to me for the rest of my life?
  • Do I need it?
  • Can I rent it?
  • Can I borrow it?

Kathy firmly believes that if you take the time and effort to downsize your home and rightsize your life, then you will be better prepared to retire and better prepared to make all the choices and decisions in your life that will make you happier and more purposeful.

Kathy’s Books:

Positive Aging: A SMART Living 365 Guide to Thriving and Wellbeing at any Age (2017)

Rightsizing: A SMART Living 365 Guide to Reinventing Retirement Simple

SMART & Happy: A SMART Living 365 Guide to a Sustainable & Meaningful Life (2014)

Finding Grace—A Transformational Journey (2013)

The Complete Guide To Selling Your Own Home in California (2008)

The Findhorn Book of Practical Spirituality (2003)



Twitter – @gottgreen

Email – kathy@smartliving365.com

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