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Downsizing Mom and Dad: How to Help Aging Parents Declutter

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Downsizing Mom and Dad: How to Help Aging Parents Declutter –  (Lake Norman Home SellersOlder adults have had a lifetime to make memories, many of which are rooted firmly in their possessions. From wedding dresses to homemade Christmas ornaments, seniors often have a collection of curios that we consider clutter. Many seniors face situations that require significant downsizing. Read on for a few tips on how to help Mom and Dad simplify for safety and (your) sanity.

Discuss safety hazards openly and honestly. Seniors who have been in their home for many years are likely to have collected rooms full of stuff that they don’t use, and space is often tight. If the need to declutter has stemmed from a recent accident, injury, or other mobility impairment, talk with your parents about ways to make the home safer and the need to make room for assistive devices. This will inevitably include getting rid of furniture, area rugs, and other obstacles.

Allow the senior to be a part of the process. Nobody likes the idea of somebody else going through their stuff and cherry picking what should stay and what should go. Be firm with your parent that changes are necessary, but allow them to direct the process. Something as simple as time of day may be of great importance if the senior has a particular routine they would like to stick to. You will be less of a hindrance, and they will likely be more cooperative if you allow your parent(s) to call the shots. According to Psychology Today, many people hold onto stuff because they simply don’t know how to proceed. Assure your parent that you are there to help and will get the ball rolling at a comfortable pace.

Keep in mind that this is also sage advice about not just what your parents are purging, but if they’re moving to a smaller place, then where they’ll be living as well. If they’re moving to a new home, use an online search tool together to view homes in your area. This allows them to narrow down which homes they think will be a good fit for them, but keeps the opportunity open for you to discuss it with them. For example, in Troutman, NC, Homes are selling for an average price of $192,000.  If they’re moving to an assisted living community or nursing home, they should have the final say in which facility they choose (unless they are mentally incapacitated or can’t afford their top pick).

Ask them what’s most important. Though you may not understand it, there is likely a good reason that your mom or dad has kept each and every item that remains in their possession. The trinkets may be linked to important memories, such as your birth or major family events. Items of historical significance may be coveted as a way for the senior to stay rooted in his or her past. Find out what’s most important and get the senior to discuss why. They may realize that many items can be released without compromising their sense of identity. The AARP offers tips on how to help your loved one prioritize and preserve prized possessions.

Don’t assume. Unless your parent is suffering with a physical or mental instability that would bar them from making decisions, never take matters into your own hands. While you may not see the importance of that old quilt shoved in the closet, it may be a family heirloom that your mom can’t live without.

Offer opportunities for items to be donated and put to good use. Sometimes, seniors hold on to belongings because they believe they will be of some great use in the future. Talk to your mom or dad about donating previously loved clothes, shoes, and furniture to charitable organizations, such as Goodwill. Doing this will ensure items retain their useful value, which may be why they were kept in the first place. SageMinder, a website dedicated to caregiver support, additionally suggests recycling or consigning used clothing, books, and household goods.

Consider the reason for the reorganization. If your parent is downsizing because they are moving into an assisted living facility, they will not need many of their larger personal belongings. Furniture, especially, is not needed, as most senior care campuses are fully furnished in a way that is both visually appealing and, more importantly, safe. Your parent will likely only have the need for a few cherished treasures, such as photographs or home videos.

Remember, treat your parent with respect and talk to them like the adult they are. Even seniors with cognitive impairments can pick up on tone and have emotional responses that will either help or hinder the situation.

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180 Eagle Chase Lane -- 4 BR, 4.2 BA
Price: $2,900,000 (8963 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3647233 | Active
144 Timber Lake Drive -- 4 BR, 3.2 BA
Price: $1,250,000 (5164 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Ronald Scott | MLS # 3697944 | Active
127 Round Rock Road -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $411,120 (2470 sqft)
Subdivision: Sanders Ridge
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Pilot Realty & | MLS # 3661162 | Active
143 Round Rock Road -- 3 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $388,458 (2530 sqft)
Subdivision: Sanders Ridge
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Pilot Realty & | MLS # 3661625 | Active
131 Round Rock Road -- 3 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $387,402 (2268 sqft)
Subdivision: Sanders Ridge
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Pilot Realty & | MLS # 3661543 | Active
114 Teross Lane -- 4 BR, 3 BA
Price: $380,000 (2305 sqft)
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Keller Williams South | MLS # 3681026 | Active
133 Slip Shot Lane -- 5 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $379,539 (3269 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Lennar Sales Corp | MLS # 3691314 | Active
120 Port Bow Drive -- 5 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $378,729 (3269 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Lennar Sales Corp | MLS # 3702056 | Active
139 Slip Shot Lane -- 5 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $377,539 (3269 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Lennar Sales Corp | MLS # 3697155 | Active
232 Falls Cove Drive -- 4 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $375,739 (2925 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Lennar Sales Corp | MLS # 3697177 | Active
147 Slip Shot Lane -- 4 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $361,189 (2713 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Lennar Sales Corp | MLS # 3697193 | Active
127 Slip Shot Lane -- 4 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $348,939 (2654 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Lennar Sales Corp | MLS # 3697112 | Active
110 Cotton Creek Drive -- 4 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $326,250 (2307 sqft)
Subdivision: Sanders Ridge
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Adams Homes Realty Inc | MLS # 3648334 | Active
159 Scotch Irish Lane -- 3 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $314,000 (1598 sqft)
Subdivision: Meadow Glen
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KWL Properties | MLS # 3695298 | Active
157 Fesperman Circle -- 3 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $295,000 (2403 sqft)
Subdivision: Sutters Mill
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Allen Tate SouthPark | MLS # 3701358 | Active
Shenandoah Loop -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $285,000 (1460 sqft)
Subdivision: Meadow Glen
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KWL Properties | MLS # 3654250 | Active
104 Kenton Court -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $285,000 (1402 sqft)
Subdivision: Meadow Glen
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KWL Properties | MLS # 3638154 | Active
427 N Main Street -- 2 BR, 1 BA
Price: $269,990 (1000 sqft)
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EXP REALTY LLC | MLS # 3696834 | Active
116 meadow Glen -- 3 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $259,900 (1712 sqft)
Subdivision: Meadow Glen
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#1 Properties of Lake | MLS # 3696845 | Active
452 Patterson Street -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $190,000 (1717 sqft)
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Excel Real Estate | MLS # 3694108 | Active

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102 Fern Haven Lane -- 3 BR, 3 BA
Price: $849,900 (1995 sqft)
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Michael Toste | MLS # 3697047 | Active
168 Broad Sound Place -- 6 BR, 6.4 BA
Price: $6,995,000 (9789 sqft)
Subdivision: The Point
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3472208 | Active
109 Conway Court -- 5 BR, 6.2 BA
Price: $5,850,000 (8688 sqft)
Subdivision: The Point
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Ben Bowen Properties | MLS # 3650716 | Active
16505 Jetton Road -- 5 BR, 5.2 BA
Price: $5,500,000 (8127 sqft)
Subdivision: Lake Norman
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Lead 2 Real Estate | MLS # 3681168 | Active
18916 Brigadoon Place -- 6 BR, 7.3 BA
Price: $3,750,000 (8479 sqft)
Subdivision: Eagles Nest
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Allen Tate | MLS # 3700138 | Active
19001 Double Eagle Drive -- 6 BR, 6.1 BA
Price: $3,350,000 (6974 sqft)
Subdivision: The Peninsula
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3700015 | Active
17226 Green Dolphin Lane -- 5 BR, 5.1 BA
Price: $3,250,000 (8826 sqft)
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Keller Williams Lake | MLS # 3695961 | Active
8451 Ridgewood Road -- 5 BR, 5.2 BA
Price: $3,250,000 (8867 sqft)
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Lakeshore Realty, Inc. | MLS # 3628933 | Active
16741 100 Norman Place -- 5 BR, 5.2 BA
Price: $3,199,000 (8693 sqft)
Subdivision: 100 Norman Place
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3678789 | Active
8343 Norman Estates Drive -- 5 BR, 6.1 BA
Price: $3,190,000 (8094 sqft)
Subdivision: Norman Estates
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3696146 | Active
2810 Cherry Lane -- 6 BR, 8.1 BA
Price: $2,995,000 (12813 sqft)
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3687847 | Active
180 Eagle Chase Lane -- 4 BR, 4.2 BA
Price: $2,900,000 (8963 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3647233 | Active
19003 Double Eagle Drive -- 6 BR, 5.2 BA
Price: $2,785,000 (7027 sqft)
Subdivision: The Peninsula
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3695192 | Active
171 Waterford Drive -- 4 BR, 5.1 BA
Price: $2,600,000 (4520 sqft)
Subdivision: Pine Isle
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Premier Sothebys | MLS # 3691387 | Active
18302 Town Harbour Road -- 6 BR, 6.1 BA
Price: $2,499,000 (7185 sqft)
Subdivision: The Peninsula
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Allen Tate Lake Norman | MLS # 3648584 | Active
18412 Town Harbour Road -- 5 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $2,350,000 (4888 sqft)
Subdivision: The Peninsula
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3701835 | Active
20107 Bascom Ridge Drive -- 4 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $2,200,000 (7422 sqft)
Subdivision: Crown Harbor
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Premier Sothebys | MLS # 3673218 | Active
20345 Norman Colony Road -- 5 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $2,199,999 (5155 sqft)
Subdivision: Club Acres
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Select Premium | MLS # 3662770 | Active
708 Isle Of Pines Road -- 4 BR, 4 BA
Price: $2,150,000 (4293 sqft)
Subdivision: Isle of Pines
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Carolina Realty | MLS # 3697335 | Active
9244 Legrand Drive -- 4 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $1,965,000 (4083 sqft)
Subdivision: Crescent Land and Timber
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Allen Tate Lake Norman | MLS # 3688695 | Active

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