Over the course of our lifetimes, we collect many possessions that we just can’t live without, or so it seems. As we move into the Golden Years, many of those things lose their meaning. During this stage of life, many seniors place a higher focus on staying healthy and enhancing relationships with the people they care about most. There are also heirlooms, keepsakes, and other mementos that seniors can’t bear to part with. When it comes to moving and downsizing, many seniors need a lot of patience at a time of sorting through the trash from the treasures. Senior movers have expertise in making the process less stressful.
When someone’s health begins to decline or it’s just a matter of time before a health crisis develops, it helps to consider downsizing possessions to make life more manageable when there is more time to deal with it. When a senior is thinking about moving, start the process of paring things down. It helps to start with the main rooms of the house—the living room, the kitchen, and the family room. The rest of the rooms will be a breeze after that. If the senior is moving to another home, measure the furniture to make sure that it will fit in the new space. Adult children can help decide if items will have new life in their homes or in someone else’s home as a thrift store purchase. Large boxes of photos can be downsized by putting them on a DVD or electronic file. Downsizing is daunting at first, but it gets easier as you move along in the process.
One of the ways that senior movers help seniors adjust to letting go of some of their belongings is by helping them understand that their items will have value by giving them away. Many items are of no use to people when they sit in a box that no one notices. That old kitchen mixer, waffler iron, popcorn maker, and fondue pot can go to a thrift store where a needy person will purchase them and enjoy them with their families. War relics and other meaningful pieces can be put in museums where others will value them. Antiques can be sold to dealers that will sell them to people who appreciate their value. Knowing that someone loves and appreciates their belongings makes it easier to give them away or sell them.
Things Forgotten is a company that specializes in transitioning seniors in a compassionate way. Movers helps with organizing, moving, selling things, and getting seniors resettled.
Caring Transitions helps seniors downsize, declutter, sort, pack, and move. They will also help with changing the address for the postal service and utilities, appraise and sell items.
Bennet’s Moving supports seniors with services for relocation and downsizing. After moving, workers will help seniors hang their photos, decorate, set up their electronics and really make it feel like home.
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