Senior downsizing is a very touchy subject for everyone involved. Its a stressful situation even if the seniors involved are moving willingly and while they are still in good health. Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash is a book that is great for everyone involved in the process to read.
The book covers topics such as why it might be necessary to move. While no one wants to be forced out of their home, there may be a number of reasons to move prior to an emergency that no one has considered just yet.
One of the touchiest parts of down sizing is getting rid of possessions. Lots of retirement communities or smaller homes don’t have the same secondary storage areas such as garages, attics and basements that larger homes do. Therefore its necessary to donate, trash or relocate lots of possessions, many of which are emotionally charged.
The book goes over ways to determine what to keep. One of the suggestions I loved the most and have used with my own clients is to show them a floor flan (with measurements!) of their new home so they can realistically determine what to keep.
Its costly to move items. Most moving companies charge by the pound so making decisions early can be a time and money saver.
The important thing to remember when downsizing a senior is that in the end, they are not YOUR possessions and the decisions are not yours to make. You can assist and guide, but that’s all. If things get heated or emotional, it may be best to hire a professional organizer who can make unbiased judgements and avoid family confrontation.
Not only does this book give you some great ideas to think about, there are work sheets at the back that allow you to keep track of everything. There are also lots of resources listed. To get the book, check it out on Amazon here: