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4 Downsizing Tips for Seniors

4 Downsizing Tips for Seniors


For aging parents, downsizing to a smaller home is often inevitable. If the time has come for you to move your mom or dad into a downsized home, whether it truly is a smaller home or moving into an assisted living facility, this time can be very emotional. In order to help the process go as smoothly as possible, we’ve compiled a few tips. Read this blog for essential moving tips for seniors downsizing.

4 Helpful Moving Tips for Seniors

Start Early and If Possible, Take Your Time

Unless there is a huge time crunch, try to take your time with sorting through the house and packing up boxes. This process can be very difficult for your parents and rushing it can just add more stress. Instead, plan on starting as early as possible with sorting through the house and determining what should stay and what should go.

Let Your Mom or Dad Know Their Concerns are Heard

While you may have a lot of memories at your mom or dad’s home, your parents still have more of an emotional attachment. If when you are helping your parents’ sort through the house they express concerns about getting rid of too many items, let them know that their concerns are heard. While it isn’t possible to bring everything from their old home to their smaller new home, it is important to meet in the middle and let them feel heard.

Take Time to Reminisce

As your sorting through items in the house, take the time to pause and talk about happy times and significant life events. If you find your mom’s old wedding album, look through it with her.

Give Heirlooms and Mementos to Family Members

If there are items that mean particularly a lot to your mom or dad, have them pass them on to younger members of the family. While it can be difficult to pass items on, often times passing them on to other members of the family makes it that much easier. For items that aren’t as special but still mean a lot to your mom or dad, ask them if they’d consider taking a picture of the item and writing a brief description about it. Once this has been done, the item can be donated but the picture and description of the item can stay with your family.

Let a Storage Unit Rental Help with the Process

If your mom or dad is having a hard time parting with items, consider renting a storage unit to store some sentimental and seasonal items. During the holiday season, this can make your mom or dad feel more at home because they will see the decorations that have always been around for them. Self Storage of Vacaville has a storage facility in the Vacaville, CA area. Our storage facility has both traditional and climate controlled storage units for rent. Reserve a storage unit today!