Downsizing and decluttering can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for seniors who are moving into retirement living. To help them through this emotional process, here are a few decluttering tips to remember.
Start at Least Three Months Early
Getting a good head start is key for making this less stressful and overwhelming. We recommend starting at least three months prior to the move. This way, it can be tackled one step at a time instead of cramming in the decluttering and packing process in a rushed manner. This will also give plenty of time to reminisce before saying goodbye to certain items that hold sentimental value.
Earmark Items for Loved Ones
While you’re going through the decluttering stage, it’s an ideal opportunity to pass special items on to family members or cherished friends who will love and appreciate them.
Start with One Room at a Time
The easiest way to dejunk is to break it down into bite-size steps, and you can do this by focusing on one room at a time. Begin at the deeper levels and work your way up to the surface. This way, you’ll have the bulk of the decluttering done, and the minor, easier items left towards the end.
Focus on the Must-Haves
Another decluttering tip is to first prioritize those essential, must-have items that are necessary, such as bathroom and kitchen staples. Leave the heirlooms and knick-knacks that tend to be more emotional, for last.
Ask for Help
We all have specific areas that can just feel way too overwhelming to look at, like the attic, basement or garage. To prevent procrastination and last-minute panic, ask for more help. Reach out to other family members to lend a strong and comforting hand to peel through those areas that are more challenging.
Keep, Toss, Donate
As you sift through everything, keep three bags or containers nearby and label them as Keep, Toss or Donate. This can help to keep you focused, on track and organized.
Dishware, baking items, linens – set a limit and avoid bringing duplicates whenever possible. If you have to keep some extras, limit it, so you or your senior loved one isn’t taking several serving dishes that rarely get used.
Focus on What You’re Gaining
It’s always hard to face such a major change in life. But one way to help maintain a positive outlook is to focus on what you’re gaining and how your life will improve. If you’re helping a senior loved one move, try to remind them of what they have to look forward to, like spending more time with friends and family and not wasting as much time trying to locate items or maintain their large home.
Ottawa Moving Logistics is here to provide the assistance and dedicated support you need during any move, including moving seniors. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to book your moving date.