Downsizing? Clothes you haven’t worn in years? Photos piled up in shoeboxes? Thinking about taking up that hobby again…someday?
Well, if the thought of downsizing has crossed your mind, perhaps it’s time to dig in. The FREE eBook, Traveling Light by Sue Ellen Addicott is a simple, yet profoundly cathartic exercise in getting rid of those things that simply don’t serve us any more.
Get the FREE eBook, Traveling Light by CLICKING HERE. Or go to https://myseniormoves.com/downsizing-tips/
Advance care planning is an uncomfortable topic — one that most people avoid. That’s why Begin the Conversation was created. Begin the Conversation encourages you to talk about that “elephant in the room” and let your family and physicians know about your wishes long before those decisions are faced. It provides you with the tools to help you figure out what is important to you and how to live your best life possible.
Tidewell Hospice, your community partner for Begin the Conversation, BeginTheConversation.org invites you to attend a special information program about advance care planning. During the presentation we will discuss living wills and healthcare power of attorney and provide you with tips about starting the conversation.
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: First Presbyterian Church
2050 Oak Street
Please RSVP by November 14th to 941-955-8119
Most of us have 3 sets of clothing: those that fit, our “skinny “clothes, and our “fat” clothes. Then there’s the orphans: things we bought just because they were on sale, but don’t go with anything else in our closet, things that looked better on the hanger than on us, things that are out of style, things that need alteration, and our old favorites that are just too worn to wear now…
Start by discarding or donating anything you haven’t worn in over a year. If you’re not sure, try moving those items to another closet and see if you miss them. If you don’t, get rid of them.
If you haven’t lost enough weight to fit into your “skinny” clothes in over 6 months, it’s probably time to get rid of them. While you’re at it, get rid of your “fat” clothes or have them altered to fit. Hanging on to “fat” clothes will only make it easier to gain weight.
While you’re in there, set aside everything that needs dry cleaning, pressing, repairs or alterations. Look at each item and decide if you want to invest the time and/or money to deal with it. If the answer is no, get rid of it. If the answer is yes, do it right now. Don’t put it back in the closet until you take care of it.
Getting rid of clutter can be a truly cathartic experience and, once you get started, you will find it easier to move onto the next closet, shelf or drawer. If you need help, Senior Moves is there to assist you.
If you love books, it’s hard to think about parting with them, but when they start overflowing the book shelves, it’s time to do some purging! Most books will fall into one of these categories:
• books for show (those with pretty covers, coffee table books, etc.)
• books you have read and enjoyed
• books you haven’t read but want to
• books you use from time to time
• and college textbooks!
Let’s start from the bottom, if you graduated over 40 years ago and you haven’t looked at your college text books in all that time, it’s probably safe to get rid of them.
For books you have read, ask yourself if you will ever read them again, if the answer is no, offer them to a friend or donate them to an organization that can re-sell them as a fund-raiser.
Keep the books you still want to read some day, the books you use and, as long as you have room for them, keep the pretty books that are just for show, but you will probably feel a great deal of relief from getting rid of the clutter.
The Center for Disease Control defines “aging in place” as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. Research conducted by AARP shows that 88% of Americans want to age in place, if you are part of that 88%, what accommodations have you made to prepare your home?
Some features of aging in place design include:
• Wheelchair roll under areas
• Pull out work surfaces
• Lowered countertops and stoves
• Tilted bathroom mirrors
• Shower benches
• Hand held shower fixtures
• Grab bars and handrails
• Wheelchair ramps
Senior Moves can help you age in place gracefully. For more information call 941-924-2842.