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What to Get Rid of When Moving Your Elderly Parent Into a Smaller Home

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Whether it’s due to advanced age or the easing of financial burdens, downsizing into a smaller home can be a blessing in many ways. If it’s your parents’ time to move into a smaller home that’s perfect for the two of them, they must make some important decisions regarding their possessions. Here are some of the most common household items that can be discarded when moving your elderly parents into a smaller home, whether they’re relocating down the street or contemplating cross country moving.

Clutter

Nearly all parents are guilty of accumulating varying amounts of clutter in their home throughout the years. When you begin to survey your parents’ current home for items to discard or move into storage, the copious amounts of clutter should be the first to go. This type of clutter includes newspapers, magazines, old toys, broken furniture, plastic bags, old or broken decorations, shoes with no pairs, and other items that your parents might not have gotten around to throwing away yet.

Excess Furniture

Whether your parents enjoyed hosting family gatherings, offered their home to out-of-town guests, or simply enjoyed having a home full of furniture, they will need to purge chairs, tables, beds, and dressers when downsizing. Begin this arduous process by discussing which furniture pieces they’d like to keep. This usually includes a bedroom set, a living room set, and pieces of furniture that have sentimental value to them. Once the essential furniture has been chosen, you have a myriad of options regarding the leftover furniture. It can be donated to a local organization, given to a family in need, sold online, or as these movers in Las Vegas propose, even transferred to a storage unit for safe keeping.

Clothing Purge

When downsizing to a smaller home, it’s reasonable to expect the amount of closet space to be smaller as well. If your parents happen to possess a rather large wardrobe, a clothing purge will most likely be in order. Purging a personal wardrobe can be a rather time-consuming task, so bring all hands on deck if need be. You can make the clothing purge more efficient by separating the clothes into sections and going through them one section at a time. Be sure to keep any clothes that might have sentimental value to your parents and always check with them before putting clothes into the discard pile.

Dinnerware and Cutlery

Over the years, your parents have probably amassed a rather large collection of mismatched dinnerware and orphaned pieces of cutlery. With your parents downsizing to a smaller home, it’s going to mean less room for dinner parties, guests, and gatherings. This also means they’ll need fewer pieces of dinnerware and cutlery.

 

Discuss with your parents which sets of plates and glasses they would like to keep. With it being only the two of them living in the house, keeping a set that serves up to four people should suffice. The extra dinnerware and cutlery can be donated to local organizations, sold, or handed out to members of the family. Give your parents the final say in which pieces stay and go so that they can keep any plates or glasses that are special to them.

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Tips for Seniors Moving to Assisted Living

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Moving to an assisted living facility isn’t just a lot like moving to a new home, it IS moving to a new home. However, it may be a smaller one. With that in mind, it’s time to figure out what to bring with you.

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Furniture

Before moving in, ask to see the room you’ll be in (or one like it). While some facilities have two- or three-bedroom apartments, most assisted living rooms are about the size of a one-bedroom apartment with a bathroom, bedroom, and combined living room/dining room/kitchen area. The furniture you bring must be able to fit without hampering your ability to get around. Tops on your list should be:

  • Bed (twin or full usually)
  • Small sofa/loveseat and a sitting chair or two
  • Dresser or nightstand
  • Small table or TV trays
  • TV (note that you may need to pay for cable or satellite)

Other furniture-type items you may want to consider including a microwave (if one isn’t provided), a bookcase or similar item for books or mementos, radio/stereo, and telephone (or cell phone). If you have and use a computer or tablet, bring it as well (you may need to pay for Internet service).

Personal Items

This apartment or room is going to be your space, so make it yours. Keep in mind your space requirements, however, and only bring those things that fit, have meaning to you, and that you will use. In your list of personal items, be sure to include:

  • Clothes and hangers
  • Toiletries, including toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dentures, comb/brush, etc.
  • Clock
  • Artwork – make sure it fits and means something to you as your wall space is limited
  • Personal photos
  • Medications
  • Watches and jewelry – keep these to a minimum and only what you wear and need (if you have valuable jewelry, bring a small safe as well)

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Other Items

Other things you’ll want to bring include:

  • Cleaning supplies – for laundry and dishes, including sponges, cleaner, and dish towels
  • Dishes – plates, glasses, silverware (service for 4 is usually more than enough)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Pillows, bedsheets, blankets
  • Lamps or other lighting
  • Coffee maker (if you drink it and don’t want to go to a common room or the cafeteria everytime you want a cup)

You can find more tips on what to bring (and not to bring!) when moving to a facility:

Find a Reputable Mover

Whether you’re planning the move yourself or helping a loved one with their transition, you might want to enlist the help of a professional moving service that specializes in senior moves. These companies can help with packing and organizing for your move, donating items you’ll no longer need, and arranging your new home just how you’d like it. Check out the Southwest Movers Association to find a list of licensed movers in the DFW area.

Moving Home, Not Away

Remember that you are moving to a new home filled with new friends and new opportunities. Your room or apartment will be where you spend a lot of time, so be sure you’re comfortable there. This move is a great opportunity for you to downsize to those things that matter to you. As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, so take yours with you.

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