Senior move managers can be explained this way:
If you are a senior, and you are moving, we can help!
We are trained and certified to work with seniors who are in need of assistance during what is often a difficult transition. Senior move managers frequently encounter some resistance from clients who, understandably, are reluctant to pare down the contents of their long time home. One of the most common comments that we hear from clients is that they are reluctant to leave things behind.
As organization guru Marie Kondo states in her revolutionizing book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, "We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of." Unfortunately, this is then usually followed up by the client indicating that they would like to keep everything!
To be very clear, senior move managers are trained to be sensitive to the concerns of their clients. We are empathetic with the specific needs of those with whom we work, and understand the desire to "leave no man behind" when it comes to possessions.
So, what is the solution? While there is never a clear cut answer, we can provide some tips to filtering through the items and, hopefully, trim down the "take" list to a more reasonable size.
- Take a few moments to conjure up the reasons why you would like to bring particular items with you. Do this for each item. Share these reasons with family -- it is possible that they may now have an increased interest in the piece.
- If you have a collection of similar items (dolls, toy trucks, china), choose a small number of them to take with you. As for the pieces that remain, write up a short description and pass along to a family member.
- A personal favorite that works well for the crafty reader -- consider a shadow box for small items! This accomplishes a few things: (1) you get to take the items with you, (2) the item is now a piece of art for the wall, not sitting in a drawer or hidden in the corner and (3) as a piece of displayed art, it is now given a more prominent place in your new home.
- Always do an honest assessment of the condition of any items that you have chosen to bring to your new home.
- Take a photo of the item(s) that are sentimental, but are not on the list to go to the new home. As mentioned previously, record some information about the item. This may be enough to help you beyond any guilt that you may have about leaving the piece for donation or family.
- Nobody, other than the local jeweler, is interested in your sterling silver. Promise.
Proceed slowly. Allow yourself the time to adjust to letting go; allow yourself time to develop family interest; allow yourself time to enjoy your decisions.
Are you ready to get started with the first step of your move? I thought so. Click on the link below to delve into what it takes to be properly prepared to downsize your home!