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.
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.
Are you feeling listless? Headachy? Not yourself? Maybe the temperature is getting to you.
It’s especially easy for seniors, who are more susceptible to heat stroke, to overdo it on long, sunny days.
You nip out for a walk around the block but, feeling marvelous, turn the 10-minute leg warmer into an hour-long trek. Or you pause to pull a single weed, then find yourself immersed in a serious gardening session. And I bet you’re caught without a hat. Or sunscreen.
Estate dispersal can be a real worry. Or, worse, it can provoke long-lasting rifts within families. The good news? It doesn’t have to.
Moving late in life is a golden opportunity to take stock of precious possessions and decide who will inherit them when the time comes.
DO AN INVENTORY
You’ve pulled a lifetime of possessions out of furniture, cupboards, and drawers in preparation for moving. It’s the ideal time to do an inventory: as you proceed, jot down a list of all valuables, or snap pictures of them.