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Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson: Downsizing Tips For Seniors

Friends, Elderly, Old, Man, Woman, Couple

While it is not inevitable, many seniors will downsize their living situations as they enter their 60s, 70s, and beyond. For these individuals, the options are usually either to buy a new, smaller home or to move into an assisted living center. If you find yourself facing this decision, you may be intimidated by the process. The good news is that it does not have to be overwhelming, and the following advice can help you along the way.

Which Is Best: Assisted Living or Aging in Place?

If you know that a move is necessary but have yet to decide where the next chapter of your life will take you, you will first need to consider your health. If you have trouble with activities of daily living (bathing, toileting, dressing, etc.), then an assisted living facility may be your best bet. While each facility is different, most provide basic assistance for seniors with a mind for independence. In the Los Angeles area, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,500 to $17,860 per month depending on the level of care and amenities.

When you do not yet need assistance but realize that you are not as capable of cleaning a large home, ascending stairs, and navigating narrow hallways, downsizing to a smaller house is a sensible option. Talk to your realtor about finding a home that incorporates elements of universal design. Universal design means the home is laid out in a way that accommodates people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Look for features such as a stepless entry and a single-story floor plan. Cost-wise, buying a smaller home may be more of an initial upfront investment compared to assisted living, and you will be responsible for your mortgage, utilities, food, transportation, and other personal expenses. However, this allows for the most independence.

 

Prepping for a Big Move to a Small Space

Now that you’ve made your decision, you’re going to need to start handpicking furniture and other personal items that will make the transition with you. If you’re moving into a single-family home, space will be your only real constraint. However, instead of just throwing things to the curb, put no-longer-needed furniture and household goods to good use by donating them to a local charity. Updater.com explains that this comes prepackaged with both tax benefits and the knowledge that you’ve kept unnecessary items out of the landfill.

Moving into an assisted living apartment may require you to pick and choose more carefully. There are many items that are frowned upon or downright prohibited in a senior living community. Call your community representative if you are unsure of their policies.

 

Navigating the Emotions

There is no way around the fact that moving, for whatever reason, is an emotional experience. It is also one that is deeply personal. If possible, give yourself plenty of time to pack and say goodbye to your home, neighbors, and community. Remind yourself that you are moving with a purpose. This might be for more opportunities to socialize or to move into a home without stairs to minimize your risk of falling. When your upcoming move comes on the heels of losing a spouse or longtime partner, the process may be even more emotionally challenging. Don’t be afraid to talk to your family and friends if you need a listening ear.

It’s time to enjoy your retirement. But remember, know what you can — and can’t — take with you, and be prepared for an emotional experience. The journey may not always be pleasant, but the end result will be a safer and more comfortable you.

 

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Posted by on August 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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The Myth of Using THAT Box Later

DON’T save the box that your appliances and electronics come in!

YOU will NOT use it later!

You will not pack it back up in the box when you move 100 years later.

It will not bring more value to your items if you decide to sell it later. (Unboxed, new looking items do that.)

Chances are the appliance will ware out and then you won’t need the box.

You can cut off any important info ON the box and put in a file or ziplock bag labelled what it’s for.

Keeping the boxes takes up valuable real estate for something else or for space!

I will make only ONE exception- IF you have the room, break down the box so that you can slide it somewhere to store it. WHen you breakdown the box, less space is used. BUT that’s only if you have the space. If not then this becomes a problem too. I still think you won’t use it!

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Tool Box Tuesday: Ricardo’s Organized At Work!

My brother in law Ricardo has been in the mechanic business for over 30 years. He has worked for many companies and car dealerships and is a master at what he does.

I have featured a part of his work space a few years ago. He explained to me that being a mechanic is not too dissimiliar to being a surgeon. You need lots of tools and you need to be able to find and grab them at a moments notice.

 

He is very organized and I stoped by his shop and tooks lotts of pictures of his new Mac Tools Tool Box! I was very impressed and wanted to share with all of you! Enjoy! 

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Sort Out Saturday: REALLY Try This!!!

I am inviting each and every one of you reading this blog post to do this one thing!

Go to your closet and pick two things you haven’t worn in over 6 months and wear them the next day! 

Of course make sure they are weather appropriate lol I’m not saying wear a winter coat in hot summer.

Just do that!!

If you are bold, do that everyday this week…..

 

Lets rotate those clothes and use them. Also it lets you know what you have in your closet!

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Big Brother 21: It’s That Time Again!

 

It’s kinda tradition for me to have a few posts about the show Big Brother that is on CBS. Yes this is an organizing blog but it’s my blog so there! LOL

Big Brother 21 has begun and a few things stand out to me!

It has been on long enough to where contestants can actually say, I’ve been watching since I was a kid! One guy said he watched with his  mom since he was “single digit”! That makes me feel old and also THE SHOW HAS BEEN ON THAT LONG!

I am really questioning how they pick the houseguests. I am not seeing a lot of diversity and I’m not talking color. They have black, asian, south asian on there. I am talking about the locations of the contestants. Several sets are from the same states!

This is a camp theme which I like. Julie is still saying Julie Chen Moonves. And the first twist does not disappoint the “expect the unexpected”theme.

I will watch and hope this season is entertaining and that the houseguests dont say “Blood on my hands”

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson: Four Easy Habits to Keep Your Home Tidy

Cleanliness, Maid, Maintains, Cleaning, Household

 

It is not an overstatement to say that a clean home is a happy one. Unfortunately, life can get in the way of having a tidy house. Keeping your residence free of clutter and mess doesn’t have to be time-consuming, however. Maintaining a routine of easy tidiness habits can really add up to create a relaxing home environment.

 

Simplify Cleaning

Cleaning your home can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Try to make cleaning your home a regular habit, such as daily quick sweeping and taking out the trash. Make vacuuming and mopping a weekly task. Choose specific rooms to focus on each day. This process of elimination can make cleaning your home more manageable. It will be important to give particular attention to areas that are easily overlooked. Get in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, including behind appliances, and clean baseboards and the inside of cabinets. If you have a large family, do laundry daily, or a couple of days a week if you live alone. This might sound intensive, but it can keep your dirty clothes pile from accumulating and give you a healthy supply of clean clothes. Not seeing clothing piles or dust and debris everywhere can go a long way to helping you relax.

 

Tidy As You Go

Little things accumulate: dishes to be washed, garments piled high, toys to be put away. It adds up and can make cleaning feel onerous. One way to reduce the list of stuff to do is by addressing issues in the moment. Tidy your bed after you get up, load the dishwasher after you have eaten, and put clothes in a basket when you get home. If you are wearing a coat, put it in the closet. Ensure that spills are immediately dealt with, and wipe down surfaces with an antibacterial wipe after using sinks or counters. Even filing important documents once they have been read can go a long way to keeping a house tidy. It’s a simple approach that can quickly become instinctual. The less you have to deal with, the more you will be able to relax and not have to worry about growing cleaning duties.

 

Utilize Specific Storage

If tidying as you go is to be fully effective, you will need ample storage. Fortunately, anything can act as storage, be it cupboards, hangers, baskets, and even mason jars. Storage is the perfect way to declutter and keep your home organized and less oppressive. Designate areas for specific groups, such as mason jars for pens and pencils, baskets for laundry, and a drawer for miscellaneous items or things that are candidates to be discarded or given away. Make it a habit to use specified storage daily by taking ten minutes or so to look for out-of-place items. This approach will ensure items do not accumulate, leaving your home feeling more spacious and clean, as well as making the process of decluttering smoother and less stressful.

 

Organize Chores

One of the best ways to keep on top of chores is a schedule. Fill it in with tasks you would like to see done, perhaps in specific areas. This easy habit can help cleaning appear less daunting and give incentive to get things done. You could use a schedule to aid in the delegation of chores to family members. Convincing children to get involved might sound like a thankless task, but it can have rewards. Start off small, such as reminding your kids to put their toys and plates away after they are finished with them. A schedule can really help your little habits add up, minimize the stress of cleaning, and keep your home ticking smoothly.

 

A clean home is a great place to be after a long day. Use storage effectively, tidy as you go, and organize the process of cleaning so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or stressful. With these simple tidiness habits, you can ensure your home is a place where you can relax without chores hanging over your head.

 

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Super Organizer Saturday: Teaching At Michaels

So I taught my first class at Michaels. Yes Michaels the Arts and crafts store. I didn’t know this, but they have a classroom in most of their stores. They offer all kinds of classes from hobbies to cake decoratings to picture framing.

I am a Michaels member and get emails all the time from them. I happened to open an email about looking for arts and crafts teachers. You would be an independent contractor and they go through a process and then decide if they want to bring you onboard. You are not an employee of Michaels. (No discounts on their items, dang it) But you come in with your brand and branding and supplies and set up and do your class.

I did my first on at the Michaels in Hawthorne, CA , south of LA proper. The room is off in a wierd corner by a hallway but once you go in , it s a nice size. You can have up to 12 people. They have tables and chairs and a sink and desk and i could do a powerpoint presentation too. They have a cabinet with some supplies you could you use too. It was nice . The air conditioning was on lol. I liked it.

I just submitted for my next dates. I will post here when the next one is. I wouldn’t mind going back to that location but I can’t wait to go to another location and see if all the classrooms are similar. If you are in the LA area, sign up and join it! We have fun and you learn tips and go home with products!!

 

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