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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.

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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.

 

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