Harriet Edleson

Kaye Appleman and her husband, Edward Mopsik, of Bethesda, Md., are moving from their longtime home to a nearby condominium. Some friends have moved out of town, but they didn’t want to uproot themselves. (TJ KIRKPATRICK/NYT)

Out with the old when downsizing

The payoff is often a fresh start, lower living expenses, less house-related work, a different lifestyle with more amenities and more freedom to travel.