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Things For Seniors to Consider to Stay at Home as They Age

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

These are the times when so many older adults prefer to stay at home as they age.  According to AARP, ‘nearly 90 percent of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age’. Many have lived in their homes for decades.  They have raised families there, made friends there and established roots in their communities.  They know the lay of the land in their surroundings.  They are comfortable with the neighborhood. I’ve often heard the term, getting older is not for sissies. You may have aches and pains, your vision may be declining, you don’t have as much energy [...]

Swedish Death Cleaning is More About Decluttering Than Cleaning

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Home Organization, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

Swedish Death Cleaning, what is it?  I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately and did some investigating, this is what I learned. A woman named Margareta Magnusson wrote a book called, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. She wrote this book after she had to deal with the possessions of her parents and her husband after they passed away. The Swedish culture has a practice called döstädning - dö translates to death & städning translates to cleaning.  The idea is not so much about cleaning as it [...]

Resources to Consider When Seniors Downsize to Move

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Downsizing, Moving, Rightsizing, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

When you make that decision that you need to move to a smaller home, you may need some help.  Most of us can’t do everything ourselves, especially when we get older.  We need resources to bring our plan of moving to fruition.  Below are some resources to consider when seniors are downsizing to move to a smaller home. Senior referral & placement service: You know you need to move to a smaller home but you don’t know exactly where.  Your health is one of many things to consider when you choose your new home.  Location, income, level of required care, [...]

Organizing for Seniors: How I Organized For My Senior Aunt Who is Blind

By | November 14th, 2014|Categories: Eldercare, Home Organization, Organization & Safety, Seniors|Tags: , , |

Organizing is not just about putting like with like, purging and labeling containers. Sure, those are important pieces to the process, but that’s not the whole enchilada. Before you start the process, you need to understand both the mental and physical capabilities of the person that needs the organizing solutions. Our senior population has a myriad of considerations to address when you organize for them. The first thing to consider is their living environment. If they live alone, do they have homecare workers that visit on a regular basis, and if so, will you need to organize for the senior or the [...]

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9 Safety Tips For Seniors to Age in Place

By | November 2nd, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Organization & Safety, Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , |

To age in place is becoming a term used frequently in the senior population. According to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as ‘aging in place’. Everyone is different, and has specific needs to be considered for their living spaces. We also want to keep our independent lifestyles, and do as much for ourselves as possible. That can happen when our home is setup based on our specific needs. As a professional organizer that specializes in rightsizing for seniors, I’m often [...]

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We Didn’t Have The ‘Green Thing’ Back in Our Day

By | September 23rd, 2013|Categories: Recycle, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

I recently received this email message from my 84, almost 85 year old father and thought I would share. The author makes a very good point about the ‘green thing’ and how it was done in past generations. Enjoy! Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our [...]

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Get it Now or Get it Later

By | May 1st, 2012|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

Do you still have stuff at your parent’s house? I think I’m in the minority because I don’t, but my brothers still do. It’s amazing how many things kids can accumulate as they grow up. A lot of these children move out of their parent’s homes and leave a lot of stuff behind. They may be moving to a smaller space with a roommate or two, or they may get married, but in any case, they usually don’t have enough space to keep all their stuff in their new abode. They figure they will get it later. Moving to a new [...]

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Little Known Benefit to Assist Veterans to Age in Place

By | February 20th, 2012|Categories: Eldercare, Veterans|Tags: , , , |

Getting older presents challenges for us, physically, mentally and emotionally. The changes we experience are more difficult to accept the older we get. We get set in our ways and can’t do all of the things now that we could breeze through when we were younger. A lot of us are also the ones that do everything for ourselves as well as others and are not used to receiving help from anyone else. At some point though, this changes. We get older, perhaps have health and mobility challenges and now need some help ourselves. Our homes that we have lived [...]

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