Whether moving into a smaller home, moving in with their children or moving to an assisted living community, there may come a time you have to help your parents downsize, organize and move their belongings. If relocating from a place filled with memories, this may be an emotional ride and moving in itself is a highly stressful process. This checklist can help the transition go a little easier and ensure that nothing’s missed during a busy move!
Before starting the downsizing process, you need to determine realistic goals. Think about where your loved one may be moving and what can fit in that space. The hard part for many with this process is downsizing personal possessions like books, collections, and other things that have very distinct memories. Sit down with your parents and create a list of things that you love and place them in a separate place to protect them from being misplaced or given away in the downsizing process.
Plan Your Downsize for Less Stress
Breakdown the downsizing process in stages and give yourself time to prepare. When downsizing, it’s important to start the process as early as possible to eliminate added stress. An excellent way to start is to go through one room at a time to ensure you cover everything, so you don’t become overwhelmed.
- Set a hard deadline for finishing the task.
- Get a floorplan of the new living space to ensure the stuff they do take will fit.
- Plan a yard sale to pass on some possessions.
- Take notes on who items may have been promised to or what they think certain friends and family members may want to take off their hands.
- Schedule multiple, small work sessions to prevent burnout.
- Get an
understanding of your patents lifestyle to help sorting easier.
- For example, if they used to entertain in the home but no longer do so, they may not need extra dinner plates for guests.
Declutter, Organize and Toss
It’s time to put that downsizing plan into play and sort through their belongings to decide what goes with them to the new living space.
- Papers, records and receipts can stack up fast! Go through paperwork and photos and if anything can be digitized or accessed online shred the physical versions to save a lot of space!
- Get rid of any duplicate items, especially kitchen utensils and appliances.
what goes to others.
- This would be a great time to pass on some family heirlooms and distribute items to others.
- Let loved ones take what they may want from the home before selling or donating.
What Needs to be Thrown, Sold or Donated
- If items are still in good condition and have a high resell value, place them in that planned yard sale to cover some moving expenses!
- If items are in good condition but the value isn’t that high, think of donating them.
- Anything that doesn’t fit in the two categories above should be thrown away! Don’t make maybe piles, make concrete decisions.
It’s Time to Make the Move
Packing and moving is usually the next step in this process. Once you and your parents have placed aside what needs to be in an essentials box like extra clothing, toiletries and medication, it’s time to organize and pack the belongings.
- Identify anything fragile and properly pack to prevent damage in the move.
- Label all boxes for easy retrieval.
- Make an inventory list to know what’s coming to the new place during the move.
quality time with your parents!
- Moving out of a place filled with memories can be hard on the emotions. Plan to take some time for reminiscing about old memories as you sort through the past.
With careful planning, patience and organization, your parents will soon be ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives. Unsure of the best living arrangements for your loved ones? Contact MIR Care Consultants and let us guide you through the best resources for aging life care and caregiving.