Ageing and Downsizing Your Family Home

Posted by Jennifer on April 16, 2013

If you have been living in your family home since the kids were with you, chances are you have accumulated a lot of ‘life’ and the possessions that go with it. You may have discovered this as a problem when it gets harder and harder to find space for a new photo, souvenir, gadget, etc., but when mobility issues become a concern, a well-lived in house can suddenly present some hazards.

If you or your loved one is having difficulty with mobility, hazards such as throw rugs, low tables, or heavy objects that may fall will need reevaluation. If mobility issues progress to requiring a walking aid, moving furniture or even small renovations may be called for.

Where to start?

Professional organisers deal with a broad range of clients, including seniors who need to downsize their living space. Helping you sort through what you need and don’t need, as well as improving the safety of your home, can be better left to a professional in many cases. The primary stage will often involve culling excess objects in your house to decrease the clutter. Improving safety by removing hazards, adding handrails, and clearing walking space, will take careful planning. If renovations are required, this may be a longer process necessitating a temporary move out.

What are the advantages of downsizing?

Decreasing the clutter in our lives is proven to decrease the stress in our lives. Having too many objects to care for and clean can be more of a task than a senior is capable of. Having a house that is more easily managed into old age is an overwhelming advantage.


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