Is the Thought of Downsizing Overwhelming?

By Eunice K. Neubauer, CSA

Many independent seniors are overwhelmed by the thought of moving.  Even though they like the idea of more social activities and meals in senior living to get out of their current home to a smaller living space  stops them from taking action.    Following are some tips to help you prepare for the move.  And remember, moving is never easy at any time of life!  And, when you take some time to do, you won’t have to worry about others having to do it for you when you aren’t able to.

When you have some time on your side:

  • Hire a professional organizer to help you put together a plan. Them coming in for a couple hours a month is money well spent!  A good source is the National Association of Professional Organizers napo.net to find one or call and we can recommend one too.
  • Each month, focus on a different room or area in the house.
  • Much can be donated to local charities such as Bridging or Goodwill or taken to thrift shops. If you are on Facebook or have tech savvy kids or grandkids, Facebook Marketplace is a place to sell things, as is CraigsList.  Or you can call estatesmart.com who will sell things of value online for you on consignment.
  • Things with emotional value; start to give away at birthdays, holidays, or have a party or open house to depart of special things you want to personally give away.
  • If you have a lot of pictures consider using shutterfly.com to scan and upload photos to store online or put in a smaller book. Hire a teenage to store them online in the cloud.   Old videos or slides?  There are ways to put these in a more usable form…but, you have to go through them first and decide if you really want to keep and pay for all of them to be duplicated?   Be creative, pick a year each month on your to do list.  Ask for donations of gift cards to services that replicate these items for you in a more usable smaller to store format.
  • Books can be donated to GreenbooksMn go to https://www.facebook.com/greenbooksmn  for more information

When you Need to Downsize Quickly

When downsizing needs to be done in a hurry, the first call to make is to a move manager. Even if funds are limited, their expertise offered via phone or in a free consultation to get a quote for their services will be worth the time invested.   To find a move manager whether locally or anyplace in the United States go to www.nasmm.org   or call Choice Connections for their recommendations.   We are always happy to make suggestions to help this process be less overwhelming.

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