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Downsizing Tips for Seniors Moving to a Smaller Home

A woman hugging her senior momAre you starting to become worried about your parents navigating around the house by themselves? Unfortunately, as people age, falls and injuries around the home start to be more of a concern. If this situation sounds familiar, you may be considering talking to your mom, dad or both, about moving into a smaller home. But, before you can help move them into their new home, the first step is to sort through a life-time of belongings in their house. Make the transition easier by following these tips below.

Step-by-Step Checklist for Seniors Downsizing

  • Start small: Keep in mind that while you may have memories in the house, it’s your mom or dad’s home. When you look at the serving dishes in the kitchen and chair in the living room you see items, your parents see memories. In order to start the project off as easy as possible, suggest that you consider doing the least cluttered or smallest room first.
  • Be patient: It isn’t easy to get rid of old memories and mementos. When your parents are sorting through their belongings, be patient with them. If they are unsure whether they want to part with a particular item, put it aside to decide on later.
  • Take breaks: If you start to notice that your mom and dad are getting overwhelmed or stressed, suggest taking a break. Ask them if they want to get lunch, go for a walk or see a movie. It’s amazing how much better you can feel even after taking even a small break.
  • Recruit other helpers: Talk to other members of the family to see if they want to help with this project. Not only can this be fun, you also never know what you will find. This can also be a good time to have family members look through the pile of items your mom or dad doesn’t want for items to keep themselves.
  • Rent a storage unit: One of the most difficult parts about moving into a smaller house is determining what can fit into your new home and what should go. With a storage unit rental, you’re able to store items that aren’t used as often or are seasonal in a location that is easy to access and close to the home. This is a great option for storing seasonal decorations, out-of-season clothes and more.

Make Space in a Downsized Home with a Storage Unit Rental!

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