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Published On: Sun, Oct 13th, 2019

6 Tips To Help You Reduce Your Belongings In Preparation For Care

Going into care is a significant life change which requires a lot of planning. Here are some tips to help you reduce your belongings in preparation for care. 

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Going into care is a significant life change which requires a lot of planning, not in the least preparing your things for the move. As you’ll likely be in an apartment, room or suite smaller than the home you have now, you’ll need to minimise what you own. The sooner you can trim down your things to suit your new location, the sooner you can begin to enjoy the transition into the next chapter of your life. Here are 6 tips to help you reduce your belongings in preparation for care:

Be Kind To Yourself

Moving house in any capacity is stressful. In addition, going through old photos and belongings even if just to declutter can be emotionally charged, especially when you’re letting go of this part of your life, ready for the next exciting chapter. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to be emotional in what is an emotional process. Fighting your feelings will only make it more difficult to process. 

Get Help

Get friends and family to help you sort through your things so that you can effectively move anything you need to into self storage, to the charity shop or across to your new care home. Having them there to talk to during the process can be helpful if things do get emotional. 

Raise Some Cash

If you can get some help listing items online or selling them at car boots from someone you trust, you could raise quite a bit of cash. Everything has a value and it couldn’t hurt to turn things you no longer want or need into money to spend on treats for the family, or for yourself!

Remember What Really Matters

As humans we are terrible for placing value on the things that we own. Try to remember, when you are letting go of things that you value because there isn’t any room where you’re going, that those things do not define you. You still have loved ones, and you’re still here to enjoy making memories, with or without certain physical items. 

Enjoy The Gift Of Giving

Now could be a good time to gift items you always wanted to give to loved ones in person, letting them know why you want them to have certain things. They may have been heirlooms you planned to give when you pass on, but your loved one will benefit much more receiving them from you now with the explanation of why you want them to have them. 

Take Your Time If You Want To

Sometimes we unexpectedly need to go into care, which can mean that there isn’t as much time as we would like to sort through things. Take your time if you want to by arranging cheap self storage for your things, try online at www.storing.com/. That gives your family more time to sort things out, or for you to revisit the cheap self storage unit once you are able to, without the pressure of the move to push you to get rid of things you really don’t want to get rid of yet. 

Reducing your belongings in preparation for care is an emotional process, but it can be very rewarding if you take the time to reminisce over lovely times, and to gift things to friends and family members. Take all the support you need and remember that although you’re saying goodbye to some belongings, you’re only doing so to gain a better quality of life in a place you can make some brand new memories. 

Author: Anne Preston

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