Waiting until the last minute to make decisions about what to bring on moving day triggers both stress and indecision. If space is a concern (and it always is!), there are ways to downsize and keep what’s important to you. But please don’t try to do that on moving day.
When downsizing, people are surprised to realize just how many clothes they have crammed into various closets and drawers.
For a lot of people, downsizing means moving from big to small with everything they own.
Making the decision on whether or not to move when you’re elderly, or frail, or suddenly in great need, can feel overwhelming. Assessing yourself honestly helps lead to the right solution.
It isn’t easy to care for an aging parent. It’s even harder to tell them that you need help, too.
I was asked to intervene when three sisters felt overstressed. All three suffered chronic illnesses; one shouldered the bulk of caring for their increasingly fragile father.
Tonight, you dream about your upcoming moving day.
It’s a happy dream; you don’t have to pack a single box — you just decide what to keep.
Everything sorts itself, and you enter your new space where your chosen treasures have magically reappeared, beautifully arranged. The lamp is lit. You’re home.That’s what we do at Jasmin Transition!
One 92-year-old client had all her wits, but serious macular degeneration. I realized that it was extremely difficult for her to visualize how her things would look in the apartment she had chosen.
So we all got creative.
She didn’t have a lot of money but, after 50 years living in one building, one client had many acquaintances in the neighborhood. So I enlisted their help in downsizing.
I made a plan, got them started, then visited weekly to check on their progress. Once the downsizing and sorting was done, we decided to have a moving sale.
Everyone wanted to make this event a real happening, and the client was delighted seeing her loved possessions going to those who truly appreciated them — including her acquaintances.
Most of the items sold. The next day, through the Jasmin Transition network of not-for-profit organizations, we donated everything left behind.
What a wonderful experience!
SHARING THE JASMIN TRANSITION EXPERIENCE
Every transition I do is unique, designed especially for those involved. Every detail is important. With “Sharing the Jasmin Transition,” a new monthly feature, I will be sharing real-life experiences to interest you, and perhaps guide you, as you contemplate your own.
EXPERTISE, SECURITY AND EMPATHY
Anytime I am invited to help an elderly person make a transition, my goal isn’t limited to ensuring a smooth moving day, even though that is an important part of my job. No, my ultimate goal is to secure the person’s best opportunity for continued happiness.
To do that, I do more than ensure the safe handling of a person’s possessions. I strive to ensure that the place they are moving to is right for them. Then I do my best to lighten their load before, during and after the move.