How To Help Your Elderly Parents Move To A Smaller Space

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If your parents are moving into a retirement facility or downsizing, their new space might be limited. This will involve making some tough decisions on what to do with things that they love. Having movers come in and deal with the process might seem like the most efficient route, but you need to make sure that you are a part of this so that their move is handled with sensitivity.

Here are three ways that you can help your parents pack, downsize, and gracefully give away things from their past.

1. Utilize Storage

If your parents just can't bear getting rid if certain items, putting these in storage is a good short-term solution. You can swap out items here and there at their whim, such as seasonal items that they might be excited to see. This isn't a long-term solution, but is good for the initial shock of downsizing. Have an area that will be designated for storage while packing that the moving company can help set aside and bring to a storage facility instead.

2. Make Lists with Your Parents

If your parents have items that are near and dear to them that they want passed down, it is important that this is in writing. Encourage them that now is the time to start passing on heirlooms to family members. Help them set up visits or shipping to effectively follow their wishes. Moving will be an overwhelming time for your parents so help them get organized and make sure that they make long-term plans for passing on family possessions.

3. Take Time to Say Goodbye

When packing up, there will be things that will need to go. Don't go over your parents' heads and just start throwing things out. Make sure that they have time along the way to remember items and tell stories and relive memories if they want to. Efficiency is important, but so is saying goodbye to items that hold memories. Anything that you can do to make your parent's move a success without rushing will help them let go and look forward to making new memories.

Make sure that the moving process is done at your parent's pace and in a manner that respects their things. They might be saying goodbye to a home or neighborhood they have been in for years, so make sure that movers and the process isn't rushed. It is up to you to make their transition a success.

Contact a company like Canadian Van Lines to learn more.

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