When it comes time to downsize, you can rely on senior move assistance to help you make the big decisions and avoid making the big mistakes. We all have difficulty downsizing—whether you are moving into a smaller home or cleaning out your own to make room for someone else moving in. But with seniors, the decisions seem bigger because they have a lifetime of memories entangled with their books and clothes and knickknacks. And because they haven’t done this before, they don’t know what they will need and what they can do without. Everything they have, they have been using. So here are some tips to help.
First of all, getting senior move assistance is a huge help when helping a loved one do some critical downsizing. Why? Because family equals emotion, and making those decisions is easier if less emotional baggage gets in the way. Instead of an argument about how you’ve always wanted that quilt or you’ve always hated that teapot, you have someone on hand who can ask critical questions about practical use, and who can find ways to preserve memories without holding onto everything.
- Don’t assume that the only way to preserve a memory is to hold onto the object. A video with grandma talking about the beloved quilt can be uploaded to family history sites where everyone can share it. The quilt itself becomes less of a memory and grandma’s words become more important.
- Don’t confuse “I can use that” with “I use it every day.” If you have several appliances, see which ones do double duty, then reduce the overall number in favor of the ones that earn their keep.
- Don’t assume that because you take something, you will use it. If you pack too much into a small space, you will find that getting to some of it is too much trouble, and it will go unused anyway.
- Remember that someone else can love and cherish that bowl that great-grandpa made. Let them have a chance to fall in love with family heirlooms.