We all want to clear out our old and worn out things. But just thinking about it can be overwhelming. Knowing where and how to begin is almost too daunting a task to consider. So, why don't we part with our used, old, and outdated possessions? It's not because we are lazy. Many of us make constant excuses not to let go of our clutter. We have these familiar demons that are constantly telling us:
1. It is too good to throw away.
2. I paid a lot for it.
3. My kids or my grand kids might need it
4. It might be worth something.
5. It holds some special memory.
6. What if I need it someday?
Don’t let these excuses keep you from moving forward. First, start by changing the way you think. Think of it as a lifestyle change that will make your lives less cluttered and less stressful. Let’s call it “rightsizing”, it has a better ring. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Donate items to a special friend or favorite
2. Consignment shops will sell some items.
3. Qualified auction houses or estate sales can
4. Why wait to give it to family members, give it
to them now.
5. Find a qualified appraiser or antique dealer
to determine its value.
6. If you haven't used it in the past year, you
probably don't need it.
7. Ask for help with the physical tasks
Many of these tasks can be extremely emotional and physically overwhelming. There are professional organizations that can assist you in managing the details to simplify this process. Tidy-Transition is a move management company specializing in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of downsizing, “aging in place” and relocation. Tidy-Transition can assist individuals who choose to stay in their own homes, but simply require expert organizational skill and knowledge to “age in place”.
Following a strict Code of Ethics and Accountability, we provide an expertise that saves money and reduces stress. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Hope Fabiani, (978) 660-1935
www.tidytransition.com, email@example.com. Your kids will thank you for it!
Every journey starts with just one step, so start small and enjoy the journey.
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Just like playing cards, there are times in your life when you need to either hold on or fold when deciding to ‘age in place’ or downsize and move. Making these decisions is often difficult and can cause people, particular older or elderly people, stress and anxiety. There are reasons on post sides of the pro and con list to either hold or fold.
One way to decide is to find the pain.
- Overwhelmed doing your everyday tasks?
- Are you tired going up and down the stairs several times a day?
- Have you fallen and hurt yourself?
- Do you need help taking care of personal and household needs?
These and other issues are things older people are dealing with. Some or all of these situations can handle to allow the family member to stay in the family home with a few changes.
1. Make one of the downstairs rooms into a bedroom.
2. Renovate or modify the downstairs bathroom.
3. Hire a homemaker, aide, or a companion to help with routine non-medical household and personal tasks.
However these or other solutions may not take care of the situation or the cost and management of the services may far exceed the peace of mind of moving a loved one to a safe and smaller home situation. One where they will received the amenities and services they need now.
There is not right or wrong answers, only whatever is correct for the person and their family. Whether you are holding or folding, be sure to research and educate yourself to make sound and thoughtful decisions.
For more information: At Wittz End
Claire LeSage, At Wittz End: 508-285-4802
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