Friday, April 26, 2013
Downsizing a Senior Parent
My mother is not a hoarder but someone who through good intentions ends up with endless clutter clogging her space. She saves things for friends she rarely sees, and keeps buying containers to get better organized but those containers are only adding to the clutter. I fully believe in recycling but having nineteen separate spots for recycling is not the way to do it. What comes into her house tends to stay there.
After three days of painting, cleaning carpets and purging the work has only just begun. In order to prep it for sale we "hid" lots of things to be dealt with later. Anything that she was interested in giving away I hauled away as she will not deal with it and it will only remain in the house for us to deal with later. I brought a few things back that she wants to sell, with the understanding that if I can't sell it within 30 days it I am giving them away.
Stressful for both of us but necessary as she has begun to have some health issues and we need to get her moved to within a short distance of where we live so I can help her more. She gets possession of her new condo mid May so I plan on going once per week for a purging/packing session. I keep trying to remind her this move is likely her last regular home as it was purchased with the intent she lives there until eventually in 15-20 years she goes into a senior facility.
Hubby and I are headed back on Sunday, just for the day, so hubby can help me perk up the exterior with power washing, some landscaping and possibly some painting depending on weather.
Have you had to downsize a parent? Probably one of the toughest things to have to deal with outside of parental health issues.