Downsizing and moving can be an intimidating task. Especially for older adults, this project can be emotionally and physically challenging for them and their adult children.
However, if you plan and strategize ahead of time, downsizing doesn’t have to be so burdensome. Below is a five point guide to downsizing to go by after you have found the perfect place for you or your beloved senior.
1. Don’t wait to start the conversation. If you look at any article regarding downsizing advice, especially when it comes to seniors, you will find that starting the process as soon as possible will benefit you in the long run. A lot of things go into senior downsizing, one of them being age and time. As seniors age, sometimes moving is necessary-but the more you wait to move, the more difficult it gets to leave. That’s why it is recommended to have those conversations with your partner or family member early, long before you plan on actually moving. Then, you will have ample time to find the perfect home and plan out the move.
2. Plan out the new space, and decide how much stuff you can keep. So, you found the perfect new space. Great! Now comes time to plan out a seamless transition from your current place to the new one. This means taking measurements in your new home and figuring out how much space you have for your possessions. A good tip from a blog by PODS is to draw out your new living space like a DIY blueprint, and use this blueprint as a guide to place furniture in the new home before you move there. Once you have an idea of what you need to keep, now it’s time to get rid of unnecessary items.
3. Toss, donate, or sell. And no maybe’s. Since you have somewhat of an idea of what you need to take, you need to get rid of everything else. We suggest creating three sections, and sticking to them. Hiring a senior downsizing service can greatly help in this area. Senior downsizing specialists are experts in sorting and packing in the downsizing process. Not to mention, it will benefit you to have someone who is not as emotionally tied to the possessions as you are, to help be realistic and decisive during this project.
4. Hire help services you trust. Often times it gets overwhelming to try and do this all by yourself. There are lots of senior downsizing specialists out there that are experts in assisting your move. But it’s important you find one that is empathetic towards each situation, is ready to get their hands dirty and dive into the project, and make your life way easier throughout this process. That’s where Francie Stavish and Associates, LLC can come in and hold your hand at each step in the project. Under Francie’s guidance, the de-cluttering and downsizing tasks will become simplified.
5. Find creative ways to keep memories without taking up space. The difficult part about just tossing or selling your possessions is that they are wrapped in memories. There are a lot of different things you can do to keep that sentimental value these things offer. For example,
maybe it’s a collection of teapots. You can keep 1-2 teapots and have the other ones
photographed and captured as framed photos on the walls of your new home. Or perhaps it’s several t-shirts you just don’t have room for anymore. You can condense the size by sewing
them together and creating a quilt out of them. And if you don’t want or need the quilt, you can give it your children, or their children and the memory can live on. To see more ideas of how to creatively capture your memories, click here.
According to Senior Lifestyle, 75 percent of seniors say the amount of things they own make them “somewhat” or “very” reluctant to move. That’s where Francie Stavish and Associates, LLC helps. If you need assistance de-cluttering, packing and moving, click here to set up your free one-hour consultation with Francie Stavish and Associates, LLC.