Your parents' transition to a new home may be an exciting, but also stressful time in their life, as they likely have a lifetime of cherished possessions to sort through. The process of downsizing requires understanding, patience, and a lot of organization. Keep in mind the following, to make the journey easier for you and your parents.
1. Your parents may agree it's time to downsize, or they may be reluctant. Either way, an open conversation with all family members involved is an important starting point.
2. Make three lists: to sell - to keep - to donate
3. Identify what amenities, furniture and appliances will be provided in your parents' new home. These are the items you know you can cross off your list of items to keep.
4. Offer items to extended family and friends. Your parents may be happy to know their possessions will be cherished by people they love.
5. Remain supportive, and encourage your parents to focus on how downsizing will benefit them. For example, less home maintenance or a community of new aquaintances.
6. Consider hiring a professional to help, such as a senior's moving service, a professional organizer, a home cleaner, a real estate agent who is experienced in helping seniors move.