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.
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.
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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