Downsizing

  • How Can We Help?
    • help decide what to keep

    • arrange charitable donations

    • help decide what will go where in your new space

    • oversee packers and movers

    • help facilitate home projects necessary before leaving

    • help coordinate moving logistics

    • run any last minute errands

5 TIPS ON DOWNSIZING SENIORS

helping you or your loved ones downsize with ease

START DOWNSIZING EARLY AND WORK IN SMALL INCREMENTS OF TIME

Downsizing is physically, and emotionally, exhausting, especially for seniors. Start the process early and chip away slowly.

 

BE PATIENT AND HAVE COMPASSION

For anyone, downsizing is the closing of a chapter and oftentimes it is emotional. When helping a loved one, try to be empathetic and understanding of their transition.

 

DELEGATE THE HEAVY LIFTING, AND TRIPS UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS, TO YOUNGER HELPERS

Make sure seniors don’t waste their energy doing the runaround, which can be easily delegated to helpers. Their time should be saved for deciding what they want to keep.

 

DESIGNATE A SPACE WHERE SENIORS CAN SORT THROUGH THEIR THINGS

Create a space where seniors can decide what they want to keep on their own time, at their own pace, without pressure. Sometimes it is helpful to leave people with ‘homework’ to keep the sorting process moving.

 

FIND GRATEFUL RECIPIENTS FOR THEIR MEANINGFUL POSSESSIONS

Passing along things to loved ones, or to grateful recipients, makes the act of letting go much easier. Try to disperse belongings to friends, family, and charities with an imminent need.

The average American buys 668 books and 9,000 magazines annually. That is equivalent to a small town library in the U.S. in one person’s lifetime.

DOWNSIZING AND

UNSURE WHERE TO START?

start by getting rid of these 14 things you likely don’t need

1. Anything expired— food, medicine, toiletries, coupons

2. Extra buttons that came with new clothing, that you no longer own

3. Excess paper and plastic shopping/ grocery bags

4. Used plastic baggies and gift wrap

5. Worn out clothing and shoes

6. Outdated technology and miscellaneous, unidentified cords

7. Stained towels, or towels with holes

8. Extra paint that was used in the home you’re moving from

9. Catalogs earlier than this season

10. Expired and used batteries

11. Dried up pens

12. Misc hooks, nails, and hardware that can’t be identified

13. Wire dry cleaning hangers

14. Miscellaneous keys and locks that can’t be identified

On average, we spend 6 minutes looking for our keys in the morning.
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