Downsizing and Moving: Tips for the transition

DownsizingTips on Downsizing and Moving

Do you need to downsize your parent’s living space?  Are they moving to an assisted living community?  Maybe you have decided to move from a family home to a condo.  Here are some tips to make downsizing and the transition to a new place a little easier:   

  1. First, check out the new space.  It is important to find out the size and layout of the new space so you know how much downsizing you will need to do.
  2. Second, it is important to keep your parent(s)  and family involved as you make decisions.  Pack what is most important to them but also have the conversation about what cannot go.
  3. Know where important papers are.  Decide if the documents go with your parents or stay with a trusted family member.  If a parent is suffering from dementia or has health problems it may be best to hang on to important papers for them.
  4. Inventory the home and make sure you check everywhere, including closets.  Decide what is moving with your parents and what you needs to be disposed of. 
  5. For furniture and items of  value (real value or sentimental value), check with family to see if there is something in particular they would like to have that cannot go into the new space. 
  6. Storage:  If undecided about belongings, consider putting items into short-term storage.
  7. Have a yard sale.  Use the money to help with moving expenses.
  8. Donate items you do not give away or sell.  Goodwill and others will pick up large items and donations are much appreciated.
  9. Decorate the new space with their belongings.  Make the place feel like home.  Having familiar items around the new space helps adjust quicker.

For help with packing, moving and storage, contact your local professionals at Volunteer Moving and Storage in Knoxville, TN.