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Downsizing Tips for Seniors
Although downsizing is a necessary process for everyone, it can be particularly difficult for seniors because they may be less mobile and find it more difficult to sort through their belongings. If you're a senior (or know someone who is), here are five tips to help get started with downsizing:
The best time to get started on downsizing is now. Start by focusing on a single room or area that is under-utilized or cluttered, such as the basement or attic. This will help you get a feel for what to expect and give you something to look forward to as you go through the process.
Begin with small areas, like your closet or garage, and work your way up from there. Then, gradually build up to larger items like furniture and appliances. If you have a large home, you may want to consider hiring a professional organizer who can help you tackle all of the big-picture decisions of downsizing.
Duplicates are another thing that can take up space in your home. You might have four pairs of black pants when one pair would suffice or ten different types of cereal that all taste the same but take up valuable space in your pantry. Try to get rid of any duplicates that you don't need as soon as possible so they do not clog up your storage space or become too heavy for their container (which could cause them to spill out).
If you have collections such as paperweights or dollhouses, consider cutting them down so that only the most valuable pieces remain in your collection—this will help reduce clutter around those items and make them more accessible when you want to use them!
Whether they're stamp albums, seashells or model ships, collections can take up a lot of space in your home—and often don't get enough use in their original form to justify keeping them around.
Consider downsizing by selling some items and donating others so that only the most valuable pieces stay behind where they'll be put to good use every day! Donate items that are no longer needed, sell them online at sites like eBay or Craigslist, or pass them along to friends and family who may want them. And, finally, throw away the articles that are taking up space without any need.
Ask your kids or grandchildren to help, or hire some experts. Many organizing, moving and other pros can be extremely helpful while you’re decluttering and downsizing. Having an estate sale run on your behalf can be time-consuming, but if your items are valuable, it might be worth hiring a service.
Downsizing is an important part of the process of moving into a senior living community. But, it can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. With WeCare Senior Relocation Services, LLC you need not worry about your moves. Contact us now!
Making a move at any age can be difficult and stressful. After 30, 40, or even 50 years in your current home, the process of rightsizing and relocating to a new home is overwhelming. WeCare Senior Relocation Services offers assistance in relocating seniors to Independent Living, Assisted Living, and internal moves within a senior living community. Our team of Senior Move Managers can help you or your family members decide what to take with them to their new home to ensure their safety, assist with creating a floor plan, determine what you should donate or gift to friends and relatives, packing, unpacking, as well as the physical move. Our main goal is to curate your new home so you or your loved one can quickly settle in and start enjoying life's next chapter. Allow us to alleviate your stress and anxiety by carrying the burden of coordinating your move so that you can feel relief and joy going into the upcoming move. So remember, "WeCare about your move, so you don't have to!"