After a family discussion, your parents are ready to downsize. They want a new, smaller home that requires less upkeep. They don't want to have a big lawn to mow and a long driveway to clear of snow. Now that the decision is made, how do you scale down their belongings? Here are some tips to get you started.
Plan in Advance
Make sure you're set up for the biggest day or days of downsizing. Have you booked a trash container in advance? Are there lots of family members with trucks who will be able to run unwanted items to a recycling center? If a group is coming, have you covered all of the food and beverage needs as repayment to those taking a day to help out?
Work One Room at a Time
Depending on how many people you have helping, you might be able to assign specific rooms to different teams that your mom and dad oversee. This will get the job done faster.
Start in one room and complete the entire room before moving on. If you start one room, move to another, and have to go back to finish up, you won't feel like you've accomplished as much at first.
Don't work so much that you get tired, sore, and want to quit early. If you were at work, you'd take a couple of breaks and a longer lunch. Make sure you're working on a similar schedule when cleaning out your parents' house.
Create Four Piles
When you're sorting what to toss, keep, sell, or donate, put the sell, donate, and keep piles in different areas to avoid confusion. Anything that's being trashed should get carried out to the dumpster as quickly as possible. You don't want your parents to have second thoughts. That's why it's not even worth making a pile for stuff that's being tossed.
At the same time, if there are items they are stuck on, set those aside in a fourth pile. Once you have completed every room in the house, have your parents go through the maybe piles and make a final decision.
Assign Someone to Sales
Whether you decide to sell the unwanted to valuable items online, in a yard sale, or through a local consignment agency, have someone working on the sales. As items that are going to be sold pile up, someone can be looking up values, taking photos, and putting up ads online. This will make sure everything is listed before the day is over.
Once your parents are settled in their new home, make sure they have the help they need to live independently. If they struggle to carry the laundry basket down to a basement laundry room, caregivers can help. If they forget to take medications on time, hire home care professionals for medication reminders. Home care services like meal preparation and light housework will also help. Call today to discuss your parents' needs.
If you or an aging loved one is considering homecare in Casa Grande, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.