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Why I Retired into Shared Housing
Waiting too long would make moving a lot more difficult
I wanted to move back to Portland Oregon for a while. I was living on the Northern California coast in a very small town. When the weather was frightful and the wind blew which was often. I felt trapped, there was no mall to go and walk. Some of my friends has passed on some moved to warmer locations and some, as the Brits say went around the bend. I was feeling more and more depressed.
I had two daughters there but they were busy with family and jobs. I decided to move back to Portland. If I waited much longer I would be older and it would be harder for me to make the move.
Where to start? I began by doing research on the computer for housing and services. Then I began to take stock of my possessions. I could sell my furniture, that would lighten the load. I began to go through everything. Sentimental things were the most difficult to get rid of. Most of the other stuff I could replace if I really wanted it. I called my children and asked them if I had anything they wanted. The only things they wanted were the very things I decided to keep. I gave them their baby books and some of the pictures I had. They were now theirs for safe keeping.
Once I had decided I was going to move back to Portland I began to research housing. I was paying over half my income for housing in California. I found that in the town in which I lived non-smoking apartments were not. The regulation was not enforced, I am super sensitive to cigarette smoke and could not live in a apartment there without a guarantee of clean air to breathe.
Shared Housing requires research
I found that in Portland some rents for senior housing was much more reasonable. But I did not want to go from four walls to four walls. I wanted some interaction with other people. I began to look in Craig's List. I found the place I am living in now. It is house sharing. The house is huge seven thousand square feet.
It was originally built as a group home so it works well for the purpose of multiple residents. There a two sides to the house; one side residents have a room and two share a bath. On my side we have little apartments; two rooms with our own bath. We share the rest of the house. Rent is low and I love the location.
Letting go of THINGS made the move a lot easier
Unless you have a lot of money any move can be daunting. I sold most of the big stuff in garage sales. I also sold a lot of small stuff. What remained got carted off to charities. If it was designated (got to go) it did not go back into the house. Is is amazing what people buy. I sold all the costume and wigs I had.
Clothes it seems no one wants except leather jackets. I noticed that some of my pictures that had been on the walls were faded. They went, along with a lot of craft stuff. When I was ready to be out of the house I had the moving company come and put my stuff in storage. i stayed with my daughter till I was ready to go. One important thing I learned is that if you store your stuff near the coast is gets funky and some things are beyond any use.
Life feels complete in shared housing
My move was probably one of the best things I have done. I am happier and the depression demon had been at bay.
Yvonne talks about shared housing with Lets Share Housing in this YouTube Video