Getting ready to move is not an easy event for anyone. Even more so if you have had an established household for a number of years. The idea can be overwhelming. To help you through this process, there is a new professional service that has become available all across the country; Senior Move Manager. Today, our guest blog writer is Patricia Bowen, a local Senior Move Manager with Get Ready For Tomorrow. Here are some tips she provides on getting the process rolling.
You’re moving and you have to ‘downsize’. You’ve been in your home for a long time and have many treasures and memories. What shall you do? Where do you start? You’re not alone. This is a very common situation, especially for those who’ve been in their homes for 10, 20, 30 years or more. The key is to start now and keep going.
To make your downsizing easier:
1. Know how many of your possessions you’ll have to part with. Rule of thumb: what is the square footage of your current home, and of the new residence you’re moving into? For instance, if your new residence is 1000 square feet, and your current home is 2000 square feet (don’t forget to add in your basement and attic space), you can take a maximum of 50% of what you currently have, and there will be no room for the rest. It has to go.
2. Downsize one room at a time. Take it in small doses. You can make better decisions when you’re not tired, so work on your sorting and downsizing 20 or 30 minutes at a time. Use colored post-its to record your decisions (green for keep, red for trash, blue to give away, yellow to sell.).
3. As you start to make decisions on what to part with, consider:
- When was the last time I used or wore this?
- How many of these do I have? How many do I need?
- Does it have sentimental value? If so, pass it on to a family member along with the sentimental story.
- Giving or donating to someone who needs it more than you do is charitable recycling, and you can even get a tax deduction for your donation. Good for you!
4. When passing sentimental items on to your family and friends write a note about your memories associated with each one… be a historian and leave a legacy that will be passed on.
If you need professional help with this downsizing process, please call
Senior Move Manager with Get Ready for Tomorrow