Helping Mom and Dad Downsize, Move to New Home

June 26, 2013
From time to time, we offer helpful news and information provided to us by colleagues in the senior services industry.  Mona Barghouti, Owner at Cary Move Management, LLC, offers this tip for a vexing problem:  “How to get rid of the junk?”
There comes a time in our lives where we need to make a decision about “the stuff” that we have collected in the last 20, 30, 50 years because we are either moving to a smaller place, or just need to “rightsize”.   Many people have their own recommendation on how to let go of “the stuff” that we accumulated over the years, and of course I have mine.  Here is what has worked for me and I hope it’ll work for you.  I have two simple rules:
  1. How old is the item?  If more than 5 years, then…
  2. Have I used it in the last 2 years?  If yes, then I keep it; if no, I donate, give it away, or toss it.
Once it’s out of your way, you’ll never think about it.  If you have antiques, have them appraised by professionals.  If you are donating or tossing clothes, don’t forget to check the pockets-Sometimes you’ll find an old Kleenex or an old candy, and sometime you’ll find a hidden treasure.
If downsizing or “rightsizing” is stressful for you, consider hiring a Move Manager to help you with the process.   Cary Move Management specializes in moving and downsizing services for older adults and busy professionals.
For more information, visit
Phone: 919-228-8769.

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