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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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136 Eagle Chase Lane -- 4 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $1,470,000 (4719 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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Arlene Arciero | MLS # 3736382 | Active
180 Eagle Chase Lane -- 4 BR, 4.2 BA
Price: $2,850,000 (8963 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3647233 | Active
172 Maple View Drive -- 4 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $1,459,000 (4510 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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NorthGroup Real | MLS # 3740939 | Active
125 Redbud Lane -- 4 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $1,200,000 (6039 sqft)
Subdivision: Allendale Point
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CK Select Real Estate | MLS # 3636826 | Active
119 Hawk Run Lane -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $825,000 (2954 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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Keller Williams | MLS # 3721719 | Active
135 Round Rock Circle -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $531,875 (2474 sqft)
Subdivision: Sanders Ridge
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Pilot Realty & | MLS # 3731100 | Active
130 Santana Lane -- 5 BR, 3 BA
Price: $530,000 (3581 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove
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Fathom Realty | MLS # 3738758 | Active
110 Redbud Lane -- 4 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $499,000 (3098 sqft)
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Sellstate Choice | MLS # 3743230 | Active
139 Round Rock Circle -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $479,675 (1974 sqft)
Subdivision: Sanders Ridge
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Pilot Realty & | MLS # 3731112 | Active
349 Murdock Road -- 3 BR, 3 BA
Price: $450,000 (2585 sqft)
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Lake Norman Realty, | MLS # 3744935 | Active
129 Falls Cove Drive -- 4 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $420,000 (3060 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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Opendoor Brokerage LLC | MLS # 3738820 | Active
197 Falls Cove Drive -- 4 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $410,000 (2858 sqft)
Subdivision: Falls Cove at Lake Norman
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EXP REALTY LLC | MLS # 3742919 | Active
284 Fesperman Circle -- 4 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $389,900 (3182 sqft)
Subdivision: Sutters Mill
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RE/MAX Executive | MLS # 3728403 | Active
136 Goodman Road -- 3 BR, 1 BA
Price: $350,000 (996 sqft)
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RE/MAX Properties | MLS # 3749387 | Active
195 Fesperman Circle -- 4 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $330,000 (2427 sqft)
Subdivision: Sutters Mill
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Keller Williams | MLS # 3747195 | 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 # 3716072 | Active
212 Shenandoah Loop -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $273,000 (1281 sqft)
Subdivision: Meadow Glen
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Keller Williams | MLS # 3745219 | Active
305 Lytton Street -- 4 BR, 2 BA
Price: $190,000 (2010 sqft)
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Royal Properties | MLS # 3707497 | Active
154 Ruffin Loop -- 4 BR, 1 BA
Price: $150,000 (1450 sqft)
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Keller Williams Lake | MLS # 3748441 | Active
264 Sorrel Lane -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $64,500 (1456 sqft)
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Property Execs Real | MLS # 3744725 | Active

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22350 Country Club Lane -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $1,599,000 (2077 sqft)
Subdivision: Country Club Shores
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Gene McKinney | MLS # 3731756 | Active
136 Eagle Chase Lane -- 4 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $1,470,000 (4719 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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Arlene Arciero | MLS # 3736382 | Active
132 Tranquil Cove Road -- 4 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $1,450,000 (4569 sqft)
Subdivision: The Harbour at the Pointe
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Tom Robisky | MLS # 3735606 | Active
8102 Tadlock Trail -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $710,000 (1668 sqft)
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Dana Derylak | MLS # 3738762 | Active
168 Broad Sound Place -- 6 BR, 6.4 BA
Price: $6,985,000 (9874 sqft)
Subdivision: The Point
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Allen Tate | MLS # 3736031 | Active
125 Quiet Waters Drive -- 5 BR, 6.3 BA
Price: $6,750,000 (9686 sqft)
Subdivision: Northwood
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3714061 | Active
107 Eastham Court -- 5 BR, 5.2 BA
Price: $5,650,000 (9296 sqft)
Subdivision: The Point
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3741470 | Active
512 Stonemarker Road -- 6 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $3,950,000 (5604 sqft)
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Coldwell Banker Realty | MLS # 3745694 | Active
21213 Island Forest Drive -- 5 BR, 6.1 BA
Price: $3,825,000 (7353 sqft)
Subdivision: Island Forest
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Fathom Realty | MLS # 3747609 | Active
113 Saylors Watch Lane -- 5 BR, 4.2 BA
Price: $3,800,000 (4831 sqft)
Subdivision: Saylors Watch
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J Cash Real Estate | MLS # 3747765 | Active
17811 Largo Place -- 4 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $3,797,000 (6506 sqft)
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OfferPad Brokerage LLC | MLS # 3747378 | Active
19040 Brigadoon Place -- 4 BR, 4.1 BA
Price: $3,680,000 (4106 sqft)
Subdivision: Crescent Land and Timber
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Homecoin.com | MLS # 3736454 | Active
124 Channel Point Lane -- 4 BR, 5.1 BA
Price: $3,395,000 (4759 sqft)
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Keller Williams | MLS # 3731300 | 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
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
116 Courtney Lane -- 4 BR, 3.2 BA
Price: $2,999,999 (6645 sqft)
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COVO REALTY | MLS # 3719370 | Active
180 Eagle Chase Lane -- 4 BR, 4.2 BA
Price: $2,850,000 (8963 sqft)
Subdivision: Wildlife Bay
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Ivester Jackson | MLS # 3647233 | Active
16207 Henry Lane -- 5 BR, 5.1 BA
Price: $2,823,500 (5374 sqft)
Subdivision: Gilead Woods
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Pilot Realty & | MLS # 3703829 | Active
108 Belk Point -- 4 BR, 5.1 BA
Price: $2,750,000 (6638 sqft)
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Titan Realty, Inc. | MLS # 3728473 | Active
20540 Bethelwood Lane -- 4 BR, 3.2 BA
Price: $2,500,000 (0 sqft)
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Titan Realty, Inc. | MLS # 3722521 | Active

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