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Did you know that the most common months for someone to move or downsize falls between April and September? Most people find these months to be the easiest to schedule with moving companies because their peak months are May-August, and the easiest to physically complete the move due to calmer weather. But you can’t just decide to pack up and head out at the start of April! There has to be some thoughtful preparation and planning before downsizing and moving.
Use March as Your Staging Ground
March is the perfect month to start preparing for a move. March is not too hot, not too cold, and it gives you plenty of time to plan ahead. Do you know what needs to be accomplished before a realtor sets foot in your home? What about what needs to be done before the house goes on sale? Now is the time to research the steps required for a move and make a plan of action!
What to do before a realtor gives you an assessment:
After you have prepared your home for your realtor and you have received an assessment, it is time for the heavy lifting. Between the assessment and move date, you will want to donate and remove unwanted items from the home, follow any instructions the realtor gives you, schedule a date with a moving company, and start packing items into boxes.
If you want to use your inventory of packed boxes as a way to keep track of your possessions going forward, especially those that are valuable, try using a free home inventory tool like Fair Split or HomeZada.
Moving can be a lot of work! Luckily for you, you don't have to do it all alone. There are countless companies that can help with downsizing, organizing, and moving. In fact, Discover Organizing Inc. is proud to offer our services for the full moving process. We can connect you to a realtor, help declutter and organize your home before the realtor’s assessment, schedule and manage the moving company for you, and we will help pack your entire home! (Plus we can unpack you once you get to your new space.) Discover Organizing also sells moving supplies like boxes, bubble wrap, and paper. Moving takes time and effort. Use the month of March to plan the steps ahead and if you need help, we’re here for you!
In the journey through the golden years, regular health check-ups emerge as a cornerstone of proactive senior care, offering a vital means of maintaining overall well-being. As our bodies naturally undergo changes with age, routine health examinations become essential for early detection and prevention of potential health issues. Regular check-ups enable healthcare professionals to monitor key indicators such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and glucose levels, providing invaluable insights into an individual's cardiovascular and metabolic health. Detecting and addressing these factors early on can significantly reduce the risk of chronic conditions, ensuring seniors can lead healthier and more active lives.Moreover, regular health check-ups serve as a proactive approach to holistic senior care, encompassing not only physical but also mental well-being. Cognitive health assessments, screenings for conditions like osteoporosis, and discussions about mental health concerns are integral components of these check-ups. By fostering open communication between seniors and healthcare providers, these examinations create opportunities for personalized care plans and the management of age-related health challenges. In essence, the importance of regular health check-ups for seniors extends beyond the diagnosis of illnesses; it embodies a commitment to preventive care, early intervention, and the promotion of a higher quality of life in the later years.
If youre part of a blended family (meaning you are married with children from a prior marriage in the mix), youre no stranger to the extra considerations and planning it takes to keep your familys life running smoothly from which parent your children will be with for the holidays to figuring out the schedule for a much-needed family vacation. Youve also probably given some thought to what you want to happen to your assets and your family if something happens to you. But what you might not have realized is this: If you dont create a plan for your assets before you die, the law has its own plan for you that might not reflect your wishes for your assets, especially your retirement assets. And if youre in a blended family, this can have a significant financial impact on the ones you love and even create expensive, long-term conflict.This week, we explain how the law affects retirement distributions for married couples, and why you need to be extra careful with your retirement planning if youre in a blended family to ensure your retirement account assets go to the right people in the right amounts after youre gone.Be Aware of How ERISA Affects 401K DistributionsIf youve remarried, you and your new spouse have probably talked about updating the beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts to reflect your blended family arrangement. (If you havent talked about it, you need to talk about it ASAP). Sometimes, people who are remarried decide to leave their retirement funds to their children from a prior marriage and leave other assets like their house and savings accounts to their current spouse. You may do this to avoid future conflict between your spouse and your children over your assets.But even if you want to leave your retirement for just your children, if youre married and your retirement account is a work-sponsored account, your children wont inherit the entire account even if you name them as the sole beneficiaries. Thats because the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governs most employer-sponsored pensions and retirement accounts. Under ERISA, if youre married at the time of your death, your spouse is automatically entitled to receive 50 percent of the value of your employer-sponsored plan even if your beneficiary designations say otherwise.The only time that your surviving spouse would not inherit half of your ERISA-governed retirement account is if your spouse signs an official Spousal Waiver saying they are affirmatively waiving their right to inherit 50 percent of the account, or if the account beneficiary is a Trust of which your spouse is a primary beneficiary. IRAs Have Different Rules Than 401KsIf you want your children to inherit more than 50 percent of your work-sponsored retirement benefits, and completing a Spousal Waiver isnt an option, consider rolling the account into a personal IRA instead.In contrast to 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored plans, IRAs are controlled by state law instead of ERISA. That means that your spouse is not automatically entitled to any part of your IRA. When you roll a 401(k) into an IRA, you gain the flexibility to name anyone you choose as the designated beneficiary, with or without your spouses consent. On the other hand, if you want to ensure your spouse receives half of your retirement savings, make sure to include them as a 50 percent beneficiary or better yet, have your individual retirement account payout to a Trust instead. With a Trust, you can:Document exactly how much of your retirement you want each of your loved ones to receiveControl when they receive the funds outrightEasily update and change the terms of your Trust without having to remember to update your financial accounts.Beneficiary Designations Always Trump Your WillWhether you have an employer-sponsored 401K or an IRA you manage yourself, there is one critical rule that everyone needs to know: beneficiary designations trump your Will.A Will is an important estate planning tool, but most people dont know that beneficiary designations override whatever your Will says about a particular asset. For example, if your Will states that you want your retirement account to be passed on to your brother, but the beneficiary designation on the account says you want it to go to your sister, your sister will inherit the account, even though your Will says otherwise.Similarly, lets imagine that you get divorced and as part of your divorce decree your ex-spouse agrees that they will not have any right to your retirement fund. However, after the divorce, you forget to take their name off of the beneficiary designation for the account. If you die before updating the beneficiary designation, your former spouse will inherit your retirement account. If you forget to update your ERISA-controlled account and have remarried, your current spouse would receive half of the account and your former spouse would receive the other half. Thats why its so important to work with an estate planning attorney who can make sure your accounts are set up with the proper beneficiary designations and ensure that your assets are passed on according to your wishes.Work With An Attorney Who Makes Sure All Your Assets Will Be Passed On How You Want Them ToUnderstanding how the law affects different types of assets is essential to creating an estate plan. But theres more to it than just having a lawyer you need an attorney who takes the time to really understand your family and your assets so they can design a custom plan that achieves your goals for your assets and your legacy. Thats why we help our clients create an inventory of all of their assets to ensure that every asset they hold is accounted for and passed on to their loved ones exactly as they want it to.Contact Entrusted Legacy Law at 412-347-1731.
In the delicate tapestry of aging, where memories form the threads that weave life's narrative, dementia introduces unexpected intricacies. Memory care, a tender expression of compassion, seeks to honor and uplift seniors traversing this challenging terrain. Join us on a journey as we explore the artistry of supporting our elders with grace and understanding.Harmonizing with Dementia:Dementia, a gentle whisper of forgetfulness that echoes through time, invites us to create a sanctuary of support. Through personalized routines, we compose a symphony of stability, providing seniors with a comforting melody of familiarity amid the uncertainty of memory's ebb and flow.The Canvas of Supportive Environments:Structured Routine: Like the gentle strokes of an artist's brush, a structured routine paints a canvas of predictability, offering a comforting backdrop against the ever-changing landscape of dementia.Memory-Friendly Spaces: Sculpting living spaces with intention, we carve out havens that speak the language of familiarity. Clear signs, uncluttered spaces, and cherished items form the brushstrokes that redefine the boundaries of a memory-friendly environment.Meaningful Activities:In the vibrant palette of activities, we find hues of joy and connection. Music, art, and gentle exercises become the pigments that breathe life into each day, invoking a spectrum of emotions that transcend the limits of memory.Harmony in Communication:Clear and Simple Communication: The gentle cadence of clear and simple language becomes the language of empathy, a conduit that bridges the gap between confusion and comprehension.Non-Verbal Cues: Like a silent ballet, non-verbal cues gracefully dance alongside words, creating a symphony of communication that transcends the confines of language.Active Listening: In the sacred space of active listening, we lend our ears to the unspoken melodies of our seniors, offering validation and understanding in the absence of complete clarity.Caring for Caregivers:Education and Training: The nurturing soil of education and training allows caregivers to bloom into knowledgeable guides, navigating the delicate landscape of dementia with wisdom and understanding.Respite Care: A respite, a moment of reprieve, becomes the gentle breeze that revitalizes caregivers, preventing burnout and ensuring the continuity of compassionate care.Joining Support Groups: In the mosaic of caregiving, support groups form a mosaic of understanding, offering caregivers a sanctuary of shared experiences, advice, and the reassurance that they are not alone.In the enchanting realm of memory care, where love and empathy intertwine, we discover the beauty of honoring our seniors with dementia. Through the strokes of structured routines, the colors of meaningful activities, and the gentle dance of communication, we craft a masterpiece of care that transcends the challenges of memory loss, embracing the journey with unwavering grace.
Our mission is to make sure that anyone without the financial resources to move from their current home to another home for any reason will not be denied services that include packing, transport and unpacking. This nonprofit agency will serve economically disadvantaged seniors in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.Moving Services CoordinationWe help choose a qualified, affordable, and respectful moving company. We supervise all aspects of the move and pack for our clients who need help.Packing & Unpacking ServicesAt Safe Moves for Seniors, we are dedicated to making sure all of our clients' possessions are packed safely and securely - from wedding albums to lamp shades!Moving with DignityWith this initiative, our goal is to promote opportunities for our clients to move when THEY choose to move and not just be at the mercy of an available friend or neighbor "might" be able to help.
At Discover Organizing Inc., were passionate about helping people! And when it comes to organizing and downsizing, we love everything about it! From helping you not accumulate, to dealing with your current clutter and creating a lasting system of organization in your home or office. Since 2003, our team has served the Pittsburgh area, working to solve even the biggest challenges of clutter congestion, paper piles, and space planning. Unlocking Simplicity is more than just our slogan its our mission for every client.Our services include:Organizing/DeclutteringDownsizing/MovingPhoto Organizing/ScanningOrganizing Printed/Digital PhotosMaking an Album/GiftMedia Conversion/Transfer (VHS, CD, DVD)Photo Editing/Restoration