Think of the move to a new home as “resizing” and not “downsizing,” says an article on capecod.com, “5 Tips for Seniors Planning a Move: Think ‘Resizing’ Not ‘Downsizing.” While there’s no way to make the moving process completely pleasant, emphasize the positives and find ways to transform the experience as much as possible into an exercise in giving and creating a legacy.
For instance, over the course of time, many households accumulate several sets of china, which hold many years of memories. One woman was counseled to give a set to a favorite niece so the set would stay in the family and become part of the niece’s own family history.
To best support your loved ones, try implementing the following advice: keep in mind that both you and your family are under tremendous stress. Staying calm and being organized is a big source of support. When you or your loved ones “resize” to a smaller space, start early and allow for the time needed to go through everything and decide what belongings are “wanted” versus “needed.” Possessions in the “need” category take priority over the “want” category.
Start as early as possible because this will take longer than anticipated. Start with living areas—including the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. If possible, get a floor plan of the new home to help determine what furniture you or your loved ones can take.
Think about the items that are no longer needed, but could be useful for someone else. A local charity or faith-based organization might be able to help with donations. Knowing that these possessions are going to those who would otherwise do without—or will make life easier for those struggling—may give a great deal of satisfaction. Above all, whether you are the person moving or the person helping the person moving, treat each other with as much compassion and patience as you can muster. This is a trying time for everyone, but also an exciting one. You have the opportunity to personally hand down a legacy!
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Reference: capecod.com (July 7, 2016) “5 Tips for Seniors Planning a Move: Think ‘Resizing’ Not ‘Downsizing’”