When Jill’s surrogate mother died, a bittersweet experience was cleaning out her house. Every book had the name of who was to receive it (she was a retired librarian). The rest of the content in the house was overwhelming in its volume.
Many people decide to get rid of possessions to make it easier on the next generation or because they are moving into a smaller house, apartment, assisted living facility, etc. It can be a huge undertaking both physically and emotionally. Where do you begin? What do you do with what you no longer want?
Some people are comfortable taking on this task themselves but others prefer outside help. This need has been recognized. There are now Organizers/Movers to help and advise you. Some of their suggestions include:
- Tape the size of the new cabinets on the current ones so you can visually see the difference
- Touch something once and then make a decision
- Create four piles: gift, sell, trash and move
- Start with the easy projects (bathroom, closet) and move to the larger ones. Make decisions one room at a time
- Invite friends, neighbors and relatives to come over and take what they want before getting rid of your possessions
Another bonus of using a Professional Organizer or Senior Move Advisor is they may be well versed in what can be auctioned, sent to a consignment store, antique dealer, estate-sale, eBay, Craigslist, etc. They may also make the arrangements for the stuff to be hauled.
Costs vary. Usually it is an hourly fee or by the project. Ask for an estimate of the time to complete the project. Also, confirm they make arrangements for disposal. Ask the Organizer if they assist in setting up your new home.
Below are two websites to find an Organizer or Mover:
- National Association of Professional Organizers: www.napo.net
- National Association of Senior Move Managers: www.nasmm.org