Wednesday Workshop – Downsizing Tips for Aging Seniors
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. When it comes to downsizing for aging seniors, this can quickly become one of the most stressful and difficult tasks for them to face. Deciding what to let go of is hard when you’ve spent years surrounded by your things. We grow to love and cherish material objects. Some even have special memories attached to them.
Before starting the downsizing process, it’s a good idea to have a plan and a schedule that will help. Here are our tips for helping an aging senior downsize.
- Start the process
It’s easy to procrastinate so just get started! You can start by having a garage sale. This forces you to decide what needs to stay and what can go. The bonus is you can make some money from this! Things that don’t sell at the garage sale can be put on eBay or donated to charities.
- Work room-by-room
It’s tempting to start on the easy rooms that no one really uses but this isn’t the best method. Start on the most complex tasks first. You really want to get the hard stuff out of the way. Once you’ve accomplished that, it will give you the motivation to tackle another room. Generally the master bedroom has the most stuff to sort through. Consider starting there and work your way down to the easier rooms.
- Enlist the help of young family member
Maybe you have a strong nephew or an athletic cousin that could help with moving furniture or getting boxes out of the house. In any instance, you’re going to need some help so don’t be afraid to ask for it.
- Sometimes storage units are the answer
Many times, fully downsizing isn’t realistic. Consider renting a storage unit when this is the case. For some seniors, parting with their things is extremely distressing so the idea that they can keep their stuff is ideal.
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