Four Keys to Helping Your Senior Get Rid of Stuff
Over time, your senior might have collected a lot more belongings than even she realizes. And at some point, you may need to help her to whittle down those items. That’s easier said than done, especially if she’s become emotionally attached to many of those things.
Sit Down and Talk before Touching Anything
When you’ve noticed that your senior’s items are getting out of control, it might be obvious to you that something needs to be done. That doesn’t mean it’s obvious to her, though. Sit down and have a conversation with your aging adult about what you’ve noticed and about what she might be experiencing. From there, you can work out what happens next.
Work out Some Sort of Agreement
Your aging family member may be more attached to some of her belongings than you expect. Items that don’t seem to be important to you may be everything to her. Before you try to remove anything, come to an agreement about what you’ll be culling and how you expect that to go. This gives you both some guidelines to operate within. For instance, you might agree that you’ll start with kitchen items and that those items get boxed up first and stored to make sure your senior really doesn’t need them. Then you can work out a new place for them, whether that means donating or selling those items.
Start Slowly and Try to Remove Some Items
This can be a painful process for some people and you might not fully understand that until your senior melts down over something you thought was okay to toss. You might want to start out slowly with this project and remove only specific items at first. If your aging family member does well with the first few experiments, you can move on to bigger and better projects.
Celebrate Little Victories as Well as Big Ones
As your elderly family member is making changes and cooperating with this process, it’s important to celebrate those little wins. When you carve out a space, however small, to make room for something else, celebrate that. Those little celebrations can help your elderly family member to get even more into this project with you.
Once you and your senior make some progress, it helps to have a way to keep the space you reveal tidy. Elderly care providers can help with light housekeeping and they can make excellent companions for your senior, especially if you don’t get to spend as much time with her as you want. This makes maintaining your progress so much easier.
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