8 Decluttering Tips for Seniors Moving Into Retirement Living

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.

Avoid Doubles

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.

Moving Over the Holiday Season?

It might feel a bit overwhelming when you’re moving over the holiday season, but it can actually be an ideal time to move with the extra time off from work and the lack of competition when you’re booking movers. To juggle your move while still being able to enjoy the holiday season this year, here are some things to remember when getting ready.

Don’t Host the Holiday Dinner

If you’re usually the one to entertain and host dinner during Christmas, this year let someone else take over that role. When you’re moving, you’ll need lots of time to sort through your stuff, pack up and get organized. Plus, your home will inevitably be messy as you sort through your belongings and pack them into boxes. Avoid adding on any more stress by taking a pass on playing host this year.

Make a Schedule for Packing

Packing is the most tedious part of any moving process. To make it easier, create a schedule so you can pack up a little each day without feeling overwhelmed. We recommend carving out an hour every evening to focus on one room at a time, starting with areas that you use the least. Store packed boxes in a spare room or in a corner of your home.

Book Your Movers

The winter and holiday season is hectic and messy with lots of unpredictable weather to deal with. Navigating along slippery roads and walkways can be dangerous during this time of year, which is why it’s always worth leaving your move to the professionals. They are experienced at moving during all seasons and can transport all your belongings without injury. It’s safer for you, your belongings and everyone involved.

Buy Moving Supplies During Sales

The bonus of moving during the holidays is the many discounted rates that are available. Retailers, including those with moving supplies, often have sales that you can take advantage of. Keep your eyes peeled for those sales so you can save on boxes, tape and anything else you’ll need during your move.

Put Up Only a Few Decorations

It’s the holidays, which means you need at least some decorations to get into the festive spirit. But we recommend putting up only a few essentials so you can fit them all in one or two boxes afterwards. Make it easier on yourself by sticking with a small tree and a few easy items that won’t be time-consuming to pack up.

Whether you’re moving locally in Ottawa or planning a long-distance move, Ottawa Moving Logistics can accommodate your move with competitive rates and reputable services that will deliver your belongings safely to your new home. Contact us today to book your date!