Tips for Seniors Downsizing
Most elderly know that there will one day come a time when they have to downsize. Whether it’s to cut costs, simplify their routine or move closer to grandchildren, the process is emotional and time-consuming.
There are many senior moving services in Calgary and beyond that can help with the packing and moving. Still, there is a lot you can do leading up to the move that will make it easier on the senior moving company and less expensive for you.
Whether you’re moving elderly parents into your home or you’re moving into a senior living community to get away from your adult children, these senior moving solutions will help make the process seamless.
1. Enlist Help from Friends and Family
The best senior moving assistance you can have is free assistance. We’re only kind of joking. Getting as many hands on deck will help speed up the process and help with problem solving. The downsizing process is strenuous, to say the least. Convincing those close to you to invest some time and energy to help is always a good idea.
2. Schedule Your Move Ahead of Time
We recommend starting to get things in order 3-4 months in advance. Start to reach out to senior move managers in Canada to discuss scheduling your move. Moving companies are in their peak season during the summer, so it’s always better to schedule your move as early as possible or avoid the summer altogether.
3. Start Early and Start Small
The best way to not get overwhelmed is to start the process early. Start going through one room at a time and begin to downsize and declutter. You most likely won’t be able to take everything with you and deciding what to do with sentimental items will take more time than you think. When deciding what to take, only make a “Yes” and “No” pile. No maybes!
Moving, especially downsizing, is so much more complex than simply “moving” things. Services need to be stopped or transferred. Items need to be sold, donated or gifted. Emotions need to be kept in check. Developing your own checklist with a timeline will help the process and your state of mind. Staying up to date with your checklist will help avoid any doomsday scenarios.
5. Take Pictures
As you’re going through each of your rooms, take pictures of the setup and where certain items go. You don’t want to get to your new home and spend hours figuring out which lamps go with which end tables. Moreover, take pictures of the back of televisions and computers before you unplug them. That way you have a visual guide for where those pesky cables and wires go.
6. Patient Packing
Allow yourself some extra time when packing. Take moments to reminisce and reflect on valuable and sentimental items. Emotions will run high for everyone involved, so don’t be afraid to pause and let nostalgia take over. Use this as an opportunity to bond with those closest to you.
This is also a good time to be creative with downsizing. Instead of holding onto every family keepsake and creating a dozen extra boxes, pick the most important ones and take high-resolution pictures of the rest. That way you can create a photobook that can easily be on display in your new home. Consider legacy gifts, and don’t be afraid to sell things on Craigslist or in a yard sale.
Following these steps will allow you to appreciate the process. Waiting until the last minute or putting all the responsibility on your senior moving specialist will leave you with a sour taste in your mouth after the move.
There are many services for seniors that will assist in moving to a smaller space while maintaining the quality of life. Don’t be afraid to reach out and discover the resources available. If you are moving your aging parents into your living space, keep in mind how emotional of a process this is for them.
Any move is going to be emotional, but senior moves are unique. Nothing can be overlooked, and this guide will help make sure that doesn’t happen.