When it comes to downsizing and decluttering, older adults often face a lot of emotional and logistical challenges. As a son or daughter, you want to help your parents navigate this process as smoothly as possible. Here are a few tips to help them get excited about decluttering and transitioning to a lifestyle that supports their changing needs: 

  1. Start small: Begin by tackling one room or area at a time, rather than trying to declutter the entire house all at once. This will make the process feel less overwhelming.
  2. Set clear goals: Work with your parent to set specific goals for the process. This could include a timeline for when they would like to sell the house, or a certain number of items they would like to get rid of.
  3. Involve them in the process: Encourage your parent to be an active participant.  Ask for their input and opinions on what items they would like to keep, and which they would like to get rid of.
  4. Make it fun: Introduce a theme or game to make the process more enjoyable. For example, you can have a “memory box” for sentimental items, or a “donation box” for items that can be given away to charity. 
  5. Hire professional help: A senior move manager can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the downsizing and decluttering process. They can handle all aspects of the move, including sorting, packing, and coordinating with movers. They also provide emotional support and help alleviate feelings of anxiety and loss.

Hiring a senior move management company can reduce a lot of stress and be cost-effective because they act as a neutral, third party, have been through this with other seniors, and are connected to trusted, local professionals.  Your move manager can also serve as a single point of contact for all the details and logistics, making the process simple and hopefully, enjoyable for your parent.

Rightsizing and decluttering can be a transformative and enjoyable time. By starting small and setting clear goals, you can help make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for your parents.  Letting go of things no longer needed and making space for what truly matters can bring a lot of joy and open doors for new opportunities. It’s also a great time to reconnect and reflect with your mom or dad while encouraging them to look to the future and live fully.