Whether they are moving to a smaller home, an assisted-living facility, or a new area, your parents probably need a helping hand to get through the process. It is hard to uproot and move somewhere new when you have lived in the same house for years or decades. Here are some tips that will help when you are packing your parents’ home.
Decluttering by Sorting
Most people have a lot more things than they need or use. Clutter has a way of accumulating over the years. When helping your parents get ready to move, start by getting rid of things they no longer need. Decluttering will make packing your parents’ home and moving much simpler. Ask your parents to sort their things into four distinct boxes:
1. Sentimental Items
Picture frames, letters, mementos, and other items in this box have sentimental value for your parents. They will not want to part with these things under any circumstances. Extra care should be taken when packaging and transporting these items. And if you don’t know the significance of all these items, now is the perfect time to ask.
2. Things to Keep
These items may not have emotional value, but they are functional and practical things that are used regularly. This box may include items such as clothes, kitchen utensils, and home decorations.
3. Valuable Things to Sell
If your parents have valuable things such as antique furniture or china that they are not using, sell them! The money can be put toward moving expenses. Take time to research the market value of these items and the best ways to sell them.
4. Things to Donate or Put in a Yard Sale
Anything else that is no longer needed can be put aside for a yard sale or donated to a local charity.
While sorting through your parents’ belongings, throw out anything that is broken or worn out. Promptly deal with any items that are being sold or given away so you have plenty of space for packing your parents’ home. While packing, clearly label each box so you know exactly what is inside.
Hiring a Moving Manager
Moving can be a challenging process for anyone. Hiring a moving manager is one way to make the experience easier for your parents. The moving manager will be there to assist every step of the way—from planning and making preparations for the move to unpacking and getting settled in. He or she can offer recommendations for movers, realtors, and other contractors. The manager will coordinate all the details to ensure that your parents’ big moving day goes as smoothly as possible.
Packing When Moving to an Assisted-Living Facility
If your parents are moving to an assisted-living facility, there are two things to keep in mind while packing. First, their new place will likely be much smaller than their current residence. Downsizing is a top priority in this situation. Pick only the most important things to keep in order to reduce clutter in their new home.
Lastly, try to keep familiar things like furniture and decorative objects that will help re-create the ambiance of their former home. Fill the space with your parents’ favorite picture frames, artwork, and memorabilia to make them feel as much at home as possible.