30 May WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE “STUFF” WHEN DOWNSIZING?
Moving from a 3-bedroom home to a much smaller place can be stressful. What do you do with all the stuff?
Typically, the adult children would suggest getting rid of their parents’ things. But letting go of all these is not easy, especially for the older adults. The children need to understand that their parents are facing the challenges of aging. They are dealing with physical, emotional, and even mental changes. They are somehow losing their independence. They have reduced ability to do the things that used to be part of their routines.
When adult children come in to help their parents, it is often viewed as an intrusion — another reminder of what they are losing. This makes the adult children frustrated too, especially when tasks (like packing) take too long.
There’s no question that Senior Downsizing and Relocation presents many challenges. Here are some suggestions to help you have a stress-free move:
- Plan your move 2 to 3 months in advance.
- Sort for only two to three hours at a time. Any more can be exhausting and overwhelming for the senior.
- Sort into 3 piles. 1.What goes to the new home. 2.What needs to be thrown away. 3.What needs to be given away.
- Make time in the sorting sessions for reminiscing. Remember these are memories not stuff!