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?


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


Order a copy today at 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 to purchase a copy today.