Moving an elderly loved one involves parting with years or even decades of belongings, and it can be both energy-draining and time-consuming. After all, you’ll need to consider which of the items are worth keeping, and which should be donated, recycled or disposed of. Downsizing can be quite overwhelming, but with a little preparation you can minimize the stress.
Busy Buddies, Inc. your local elderly moving services provider, provides downsizing help for seniors preparing for their move. We discuss in today’s blog the do’s and don’ts to remember when it comes to downsizing.
Make Yes and No Piles
When sorting through your belongings, create “yes” and “no” piles. Objects that you expect to use regularly should go in the “yes” pile, while those you no longer need or care about can go in the “no” pile.. Avoid making a third pile for “maybes” as this will only delay the process.
When you are helping an elderly loved one with downsizing, allow plenty of time for the process. It might take longer than you expect, so don’t try to compress everything into a single day or weekend. Don’t even try to overexert yourself. Declutter your home within a couple of weeks to a month, going through one room at a time and taking breaks in between.
Don’t Hold Back
Cleaning and sorting through valuable items prior to a move can bring about nostalgia for an elderly individual. Let your loved one reminisce for a while. Be there during this emotional period and lend support every time. Also, don’t let fear of the unknown swallow you and your loved one. Focus on the goal and get ready for the rewards of a reformatted lifestyle.
For help when it comes to caring transitions, turn to Busy Buddies, Inc. Our goal is to help make your transition as hassle-free as possible. We are ready to assist you with all the details that go along with senior moving.
Give us a call at (703) 828-1833. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve McLean, VA, and nearby areas.