senior downsizing

A Friendly Guide To Senior Downsizing

Senior downsizing is an inevitable part of life for many. Most seniors are aware that a day will come when they will need to downsize, either to cut costs, simply their lifestyle, get closer to their grand kids, or to deal with their medical needs. It’s often a tolling and stressful process – both physically and emotionally. However, it does not need to be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to make downsizing easier.

Tips For Simpler Senior Downsizing

Begin Early

Spend a lot of time in this phase because it will always take much longer than expected. Take as much time as you can and don’t sort through your things in a rush by just spending a single weekend, or worse, just one day. A few weeks to a month is a much more realistic timeline. Deal with one room at a time and make sure to take breaks.

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Tips To Help your Parents Downsize

Are your parents moving in with you, into an assisted living facility or perhaps into a smaller home or apartment? Whatever the situation is and wherever they plan to relocate, it’s likely that they’re moving to a smaller space. If that’s the case then they have to downsize. For some, senior downsizing may sound negative, but it actually offers several benefits like having a simpler life, getting documents and other paperwork in proper order, and the chance to see the next generation to enjoy the heirlooms.

Even if your parents are willing and ready to downsize, senior relocating and downsizing can be an overwhelming experience. Here are some downsizing tips from professional organizers.

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Downsizing Problems: How To Help Your Parents Clean Out

If you are busy with your career and your family life, helping your parents with senior relocating or senior downsizing can be very stressful. It can be tempting to find ways to get it done right away by taking the tough love approach. However, since you’re the adult child who’s been tasked to help out, you have to think about the feelings of your parents before you deal with the logistics.

Downsizing and Moving Tips

You need to convince your parents that they need to clean out and downsize their possessions. However, you need to do this carefully. You should position cleaning as a collaborative effort rather than as an order so that they won’t feel attacked. Use gentle words and make senior downsizing and decluttering sound like it’s a fun process.

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Tips When Moving An Aging Loved One

Relocating an aging loved one could help make sure that they’re living in a safe home environment, they’re closer to family, and can live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Whether your parent is moving to an assisted living community or perhaps you need help with senior downsizing, or to your home, there are things you can do to make the transition smoother, simpler, and organized.

Planning For The Organized Move Of An Aging Loved One

  1. Assign Moving Responsibilities

Most seniors have spent most of their lives gathering meaningful things. If your aging loved one is downsizing, they will eventually have to leave some of their things behind.

Begin small – Ask your loved one to begin with a room that doesn’t have that much sentimental value such as a guest suit or bathroom. They’ll ease into the process of downsizing with a feeling of accomplishment.

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