Baby Boomers Downsize w/Tiny Homes #mgtab #Blog #EmptyNest #Style


Downsizing in 2015

Many of the so- called baby boomer era are facing empty nesters’ syndrome. That is to say, their once boisterous, happy homes are now quiet wastelands of space.

According to CIGNA HealthCare, family life cycles have five stages:

  1. Independence from your parents
  2. Settling down with a partner
  3. Becoming a parent to your own children
  4. Launching your adult children into their own independence stage
  5. Your retirement years

There has been an upsurge in the housing market, which in turn, has led to many couples who are coming into their retirement years, selling their homes and either moving into condos, tiny homes, like the one pictured above, or RV’s.

We chose the latter route. With our daughter grown and hundreds of miles away, we found ourselves alone and lonely in a five bedroom bi-level that was much too big. My mother had a suite downstairs, but most of the time it felt like we were simply keeping the dust bunnies company.

There are RV resorts all over Canada and the United States that cater to year round travelers. Some are very fancy with golfing, pools, tennis courts, and fitness rooms:

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http://arizonaluxuryrvresorts.com/

And others offer the wilderness in all its glory:

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http://www.campingrvbc.com/

Our new home may not be thirteen hundred square feet, but it can take us to places we’ve never seen before.

And maybe even relieve some of that, ‘What are we going to do without our kids?’ feeling we all go through sooner or later.

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How about you? What do you do to relieve that empty nester’s syndrome?



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14 thoughts on “Baby Boomers Downsize w/Tiny Homes #mgtab #Blog #EmptyNest #Style

  1. Great blog Jacquie
    We moved from a rambling rancher on a Gulf Island to a townhouse on Vancouver Island. I like that there’s less housework, but I hate that when the kids and grandkids come to visit we’re pinched for space. There doesn’t seem to be a perfect size for us. lol. But I do love the commotion of the young ones.
    I love your motor home and the fact that it can go anywhere. How cool is that!
    I enjoyed your post.
    my best
    Jo-Ann Carson
    Smart,Sexy Suspense

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jo-Ann. I know what you mean about crowded 🙂 We cooked Thanksgiving here. Between minuscule counter space and a rambunctious eight year old the trailer was full, mostly with love, which is what it’s all about 🙂

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  2. Love this post, Jacquie! I have many years ahead before I can retire, but the idea of downsizing right now is so appealing to me. I think by simplifying our surroundings we are forced to get out there and live the life we deserve. Then we can spend more time doing the things we love – like WRITING 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Enjoyed this post, Jacquie! We still have teenagers at home, with tons of their friends, and our 3,000 SF home often feels too small. But in a few years, I know the house will feel huge and empty. I’m dreading it!

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  4. Great post, Jacquie. Our neighbors haven’t exactly downsized, but they leave Texas every summer and travel all over in their RV. Sometimes they go in the fall and winter, too. I love the “cuteness” of the space. The “everything has it’s own place” thing.
    We are empty nesters, but over the years have been glad for all our extra space because both daughters have returned to the nest, bringing spouses and later kids with them. And when the electricity goes off in their neighborhood in a storm, we mostly have it, so everyone comes here.
    However, by next spring we’ll have left our 2700 sq. ft house to move into a 1700 sq. ft house on a lake not far away. We are thrilled to have this opportunity. I know this is not “tiny” in the since of “tiny house” on HGTV, but we’ll have to get rid of a slew of stuff!
    On a deeper level, I do think we can become captured by all our “things.” My mother’s philosophy was” get rid of the old to make room for the new.” It’s definitely time to do that. I’ll share. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Marsha 🙂 I imagine there will be a lot of big decisions in your future on what to keep and what to let go of. Funny thing is, we can’t even remember half of what we gave away now that we’ve downsized, yet at the time it broke our hearts to let the ‘things’ go.

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  5. We have the most beautiful 18 foot trailer. I love it! I’d live in it if I could, but currently we tried to downsize and not quick enough, because the children moved back in! Unfortunately that’s a big issue these days, children moving back in… It’s tough all around. But to be able to just get away from it all with my trailer is how we spend our summers (and make one child stay to watch the dogs).

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    1. So true, Melissa, cost of living forces more and more families to live under one roof. My mom and little brother lived with us for the past twenty years since my dad passed away. He only recently moved out. When we sold the house we bought my mom a smaller version of our trailer and now she lives beside us 🙂

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  6. I am so proud of you for living out your dreams. I know down sizing was hard fo r you but I haven’t seen you this content in many years! Can’t wait to come visit and see your dreams coming true beforehand re my eyes

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