Are you going crazy because your parents have too much stuff and they don't want to part with it or worse yet they want to give it to you?! Well, that's really, really normal. Senior parents aren't ready to give up their independence or their role as your parent. Here are the three tips to make the process a little bit easier and hopefully get rid of some of that stuff.
Number one: a lot of people are using online sites to sell their items, but you may not have thought about Freecycle. If there's something they don't need anymore put it on Freecycle.org. If it ends up they need it again later, you can go back to Freecycle and you can be the recipient. So it works as a free exchange.
Number two: Take one of those Hummels or Lladrós and bring them to a friend. Instead of bringing a bottle of wine or flowers as a house warming or hostess gift, wrap up a Lladró or another favorite memento.
Number three: Consider doing an online auction. There are programs out there now that will help you break your whole home down into lots and sell them. This way anyone who comes into the house to collect their items will have already had their credit card processed and you can narrow the entire pick up process down to a small window of time.
Silver Linings Transitions is happy to help administer an online auction or help you keep the peace during the downsizing process. Click on this link to learn more.
Jami Shapiro is President of Silver Linings Transitions. As a cancer survivor, she embraces aging and the challenges it presents.