Senior Downsizing

Professional organizers can help seniors move from a home they have owned for years to an assisted living facility, a comfortable condo or other senior community.  The process of downsizing can be rough for anyone but seniors in particular can face a lot of stress when looking at a large home which is no longer filled with family.  With baby boomers reaching retirement many are deciding to move to warmer climates or simply free up their lives by moving to smaller living spaces.  Facing the task of organizing years of accumulated memories can be daunting at best.

Professional organizers can help you sort through the many items that have been collected over time.  They have the organizing skills to help you arrange items for handing down to family members, donating or preparing for the move.  They can do as much or as little of the work as you need.  The feelings that come with letting go of so many treasured items can be overwhelming and a professional organizer can help you make these hard decisions and will work with the moving company to ensure your items are handled with care.

According to NAPO…”A major reason seniors have a hard time downsizing is they feel they are the ‘keepers’ of family heirlooms and so they have a hard time getting rid of items which they don’t really have room for anymore,”.

Tips for Senior Downsizing From Professional Organizers

Now is a good time to start asking family members about heirloom pieces.  So many times I have heard a family member say they wished they had gotten Aunt Mary’s Christmas dishes instead of them being donated to a local charity or sold in a yard sale. An organizer can help you inventory all of your items and contact family members who may want these items.  They also know about local organizations that can use these items for a great cause.

Start the process of finding movers that can assist with the process and specialize in senior downsizing.   A professional organizer can help you find the perfect mover and assist with paring down the items for the move.

Even if you are not ready for a move, hiring an organizer can help ensure that your home is working for this new season of your life.  Many daily activities and household chores can be made easier simply by rearranging your home.  This will improve the quality of your life and decrease the chances of falls or slipping.

Never fear – an organizer will not tell you what you should keep and what has to go!  However, they will ask some pretty tough questions that will help you to make the right decisions.  Often times the process of simply getting started is the hardest.  Having the second opinion of a professional organizer can make all the difference.

Professional organizers help with the planning, sorting and packing associated with downsizing which helps reduce the stress for seniors and their families.  They have the experience to work with those with disabilities including Alzheimer’s or hearing loss.  They can be a God send for family members who live out of state.  They help the senior to make the decisions and not fell pressure from family members.

Diana is a professional organizer in the Myrtle Beach South Carolina area.  She has the experience and personality to help seniors make the tough decisions without feeling they are being pushed into something they don’t want to do.  She is a member of National Association of Professional Organizers.

Diane Aversano
3822 Palmetto Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-385-1204