Get Rid of Extra Stress on Moving Day

Happy Thursday!

Since summer can be a busy moving time for seniors, Ophelia is going to reference part of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash and the chapter on A Plan for Moving Out. There is a lot of time and energy that goes into relocating. Hiring a professional as you prepare for your move can help with the packing in some cases, but they can really help you from packing unnecessary items. This can save you money in the long run because there are less items to package and move!

Below is a sneak peak at A Plan for Moving Out chapter.

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Edna loved her home, especially her kitchen. She always enjoyed the chance to cook and entertain, but as she grew older she had fewer guests for dinner. Though she had managed well during her 10 years of widowhood, she knew it was time to downsize her belongings and move to a retirement community.

I started to work with Edna on the downsizing process. She had a very large kitchen filled with a substantial collection of cooking supplies. I suggested that she let go of many of these, since she was cooking less and her new kitchen was half of the size of her old one. But she insisted on taking most of her cooking supplies to her new place.

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When moving day came and the boxes piled up in her new kitchen, Edna finally understood the cost of her decision. After unpacking them, she made more realistic choices about what she really would use. About half of the items were packed back up and taken to a local charity, but her delay was costly. She paid to move items that she no longer needed, wasted time and energy on packing, unpacking, and re-packing, and added extra stress to an already stressful moving day.

Now Edna advises her own friends not to take too much when they move to a new home. She tells them, “You can always purchase a few more glasses or plates if you really need to, but you probably won’t. I don’t miss anything that was sent to charity that day.”

Note: The stories in this book are true, but the names of people have been changed to protect their privacy.

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Please visit www.organizationrules.com to purchase a copy of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash today to read more about helping seniors downsize, organize, and move.

Monday recommended reading

Happy Monday! Ophelia is starting this week off with some recommended reading. Have you picked up your copy of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move yet?

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Below is the introduction to this book by Vickie Dellaquila. Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash will guide you through every step of the process, including:

  • deciding if you should move;
  • sorting and organizing your belongings;
  • creating a plan for moving; and
  • getting settled in your new home

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Order a copy today at www.organizationrules.com. For now, here is a sneak peak of the introduction:

Every year, thousands of seniors leave their homes.

Some no longer want the burdens of home ownership. For others, caring for a house has become too difficult. To ensure their safety, comfort, and happiness, they must leave their home of 20, 30, or even 50 years.

Relocation can be traumatic for all of us, and is certainly more so for older adults. The upheaval often starts by sorting through and disposing of furniture, clothing, and even precious possessions before moving into a smaller home.

This process is hard on older adults and on their adult children and others who assist in the downsizing process. Familial bonds can be stretched out of shape and close relationships may be tested. Children who live far away might suffer from guilt, and those who live close could be asked to deal with too much.

But, amidst the boxes, fading photos, and crumbling newspaper articles is an opportunity to grow closer to an older adult to make them comfortable and safe in a new home. And for the older adult who is moving, there is an opportunity to start a more secure and socially active way of life. The end of independent living should not be feared as the end of living.

Hiring a Professional

Working with a professional organizer or senior move manager can often make the process of downsizing and moving much more manageable. A trained professional can keep things on track and lend a supportive hand without the emotional entanglement that can occur when family members or friends help seniors relocate.

Professional organizers often belong to national industry organizations. Although certification for professional organizers is still being developed, you can obtain a high level of reliability by going through one of these organizations.

Senior move managers are similar to professional organizers, but they focus on working specifically with seniors. There are a growing number of senior move managers in the United States, and many belong to the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).

If you are planning a move to a retirement community, check with the community’s relocation coordinator for a referral to a professional. Social workers or case managers at long-term care communities, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers can also make referrals.

Excerpt from Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move. Please visit http://www.organizationrules.com to purchase a copy today.

Don’t Stress About Moving Day: Plan Ahead!

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Guest post by Paul Benjamin of EZ Storage.

If you’ve just recently bought or rented a new home, then odds are you’re pretty excited. It often takes a long time to find the perfect place to live, and finally finding that place can be a huge weight off of your shoulders. However, there is still a lot to do. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll find yourself incredibly stressed out come moving day. Be sure to use the following tips to plan out your move ahead of time

  • Create a to-do list – One of the problems that many people experience on moving day is all the things that they have forgotten to do. Sit down and create a to-do list before the day of the move. Some of the things on your to-do list should include changing your address on any subscription and insurance policies, picking up all necessary moving supplies, having all of your mail forwarded to your new address as well as contacting new schools, doctors and banks. You should also plan what day to move that best suits the schedule of you and your family.
  • Packing – There are several things you need to consider when packing. First of all, this is a great time to do a little organizing. Toss or donate clothes, furniture and other items that you no longer need or use. If you are moving into a smaller home, decide whether you need to rent out a storage unit for some of the things you won’t be able to take with you but still want to keep. Make sure that you carefully label each box that you pack for the room they belong in. For example, a box full of dinnerware should be labeled “kitchen”. This will make it much easier to unpack and to find what you are looking for at your new home. Consider creating an inventory list that shows the contents of each box to make finding specific items an easier task. This way you won’t have to dig through ten “kitchen” boxes in search of a can opener.
  • Being Prepared on Moving Day – Make sure everything is packed and ready to go. Create a list of specific moving day to-do items like making sure the thermostat and all appliances are off, cleaning, and checking all of the windows and doors are locked. Make sure that you have directions to your new home and that your car has a full tank of gas. Any valuable personal items should be moved in your car instead of a moving truck. Have your cell phone charged, and have contact numbers for the landlord or manager, storage facility and moving truck company saved.

Use these tips to help your moving day to be as stress-free as possible.

Paul Benjamin is a District Manager at EZ Storage. He’s the type of manager that walks softly but carries a big stick.