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Pumpkin spiced everything is in the air and thoughts are turning to holiday plans. More than likely, your holiday plans include buying a gift for a baby boomer or senior you love. Do you struggle to find something for them each gift-giving occasion? Fear not! We used some of our time at the 55+ Expo to help you. We asked many attendees what they would like for the holidays this year. What we heard pretty clearly is that the last thing they wanted was, well, a thing.
The number one response? Good health. Since that isn’t a thing you can pick up the mall, perhaps something that makes healthy living easier would be well received by your favorite health nut. Research shows that one of the absolute best things anyone can do for their health is move more. Even as little as 150 minutes a week of exercise can have big healthy benefits.
Are your busy days followed by busy nights? Does your house show it—in piles of mail, newspapers, cups, glasses and half-emptied shopping bags strewn across the counters and table tops? Maybe you are like me and have shoes here and there on the floor too? As long as it is a temporary state, it’s a normal part of living a full life.
If you are like our decluttering clients, however, the piles have become mini-mountains, overtaking the counters and tables and expanding over to the floors. Perhaps life took an unexpected turn and you didn’t get a weekend to whip the house back into shape before bringing in more mail, newspapers and shopping. And that turn was years ago. Did you build a mountain of stuff in the guest room, or the garage? Maybe Your Mountain is part of a range?
Finding the bottom of the floor or the top of the desk can feel like climbing Mt. Everest, but the mountain wasn’t built overnight and it won’t go away in a weekend. If you are ready to excavate Your Mountain, use these steps to reach the surfaces.
AmVets’ Kareem picks up Mom’s big Christmas Tree, she prefers a tabletop one now.
My parent’s home hasn’t changed much in the thirty years since I last lived there. Couches have been replaced, the kitchen was updated. But still scattered throughout are knick-knacks lining the tops of furniture, clippings of newspaper articles being saved for “later” in piles here and there, paperwork saved for decades filling file cabinets and dresser drawers, and closets filled with enough extra towels to start a car washing business. I know that their house is not unusual, what is unusual is that at 82 years old, my mother is actually doing something about it.
There are two things I hear, almost without fail, when I tell someone I am a Senior Move Manager. “I could have used you last week (month, year) when we had to move my Mom/Dad/Grandmother/Aunt…,” or “What can I do with my (or Mom’s or grandma’s) china/curio cabinet/collection of fill-in-the-blank?”
While it’s too late for me to be of any help with the recent move, people have high hopes that I know a secret place where the family treasures can be sold for top dollar. I smile and say, “yes, it’s a challenge to sell these things, isn’t it?” And then I decide whether or not to be the bearer of bad news.
Are you one of the 42% of Baby Boomers who are thinking about downsizing their home? Are you doing a lot of “thinking,” because the actions required to downsize are so overwhelming and you don’t know where to start?
Houses aren’t just filled with our belongings, they are filled with our memories, treasured traditions, reliable routines and family folklore. How can a person move from “thinking” to “doing” the job of downsizing 3,000 sq ft of stuff to fit inside something half as big? Or less?!
I understand and have great compassion for your worries! My clients are often relieved to have found someone who will walk them through the downsizing process and provide a framework for the tasks. Allow me to suggest you start in the least emotional space.