Downsizing for Seniors

Downsizing is a tough process in and of itself. For seniors, taking the plunge is even harder. One thing to make it easier it to remove the guilt factor. Although you may feel you’re the one who has to be the keeper of all heirlooms in the family, there are other options. Perhaps there are other family members who would like some of the heirlooms you are closeting in your home, especially if you are in fact storing them as opposed to using them. In sharing with other family members you can feel secure in knowing that they really want them and will be the one to inherit them. I recently did this myself with some items that my father had given to me before he moved back to Amsterdam. I no longer had a physical place to store them, and knowing that they always have a place in my heart made it easier for me to share the items with others in the family who would be in a position to enjoy them more. And remember, the item is not the memory. The memory lives within you, not in the item itself.

3 replies
  1. the closer episodes
    the closer episodes says:

    great post, very informative. I ponder why the opposite specialists of this sector don’t understand this. You should proceed your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  2. KateH.
    KateH. says:

    Downsizing for seniors is best approached with care and respect, and your article shows your sensitivity to their needs. Dealing with family heirlooms can be a potential minefield, but your thoughtfulness in sharing them with family members resulted in increasing everyone’s well-being, both materially and through fond memories.
    Well done!
    KateH.

  3. clutterbgone
    clutterbgone says:

    Katie,

    Your comments are much appreciated. What do you find to be most challenging with working with senior downsizing?

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