seniors + elders

One way not to leave things behind…declutter before you leave.

While for Americans, this title is going to be off-putting, it’s a subject that I deal with regularly…working with seniors and elders, everyone asks “who’s going to take care of all my stuff when I am gone?”.   The best possible answer is for YOU to declutter before you leave… The Case for Swedish Death Cleaning […]

Does this dust make my butt look fat…

Dust is a fact of life, and trying to keep up with dust is a major activity at my house. First, I have 2 cats in small space.  Second, I keep windows and the patio door open almost all the time when I am home. Third, I live on the street in a major city.  There […]

Sorry, nobody wants your parents’ stuff…

I’ve talked about this before…it’s getting harder and harder to get rid of “stuff”… This is a repost from NextAvenue.  Written by Richard Eisenberg. After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the hard truth that others in their […]

Senior Move Managers….helping the elderly downsize and move…

Thanks to The New York Times for this great article on what All Things Home, as Senior Move Managers, do to assist our seniors and elderly moving from homes they have lived in for decades. Helping the Elderly Downsize By KAYA LATERMANJULY 22, 2016 In her long career as a psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross has been […]

do not call…and other phone myths

Last week, I was with an elder client helping prepare for her upcoming move.  This woman’s phone must of rung 25 times during the few hours I was there.  Each time it rang, she had to run to the phone to see whose number was displayed on the screen, to determine whether or not she should risk answering […]

Moving seniors…recognizing when it’s time to talk about moving

As a professional organizer who specializes in moving seniors, I get a lot of calls from the children of parents who have been aging in place in the “family home”.  But the big question is always, when is it time for our parents to move? Many children live a distance from their parents and only […]

Aging in place…a professional organizer is another year older

This month is another milestone birthday for me.  Milestone birthdays always push me to evaluate the way I live and operate in the world. It’s called “aging in place” and it doesn’t matter how old you are…if you are alive, you’re doing it. Over the last couple of months, I’ve removed about 18 boxes of […]

Seniors and elders…trying to cope in a 2014 world

My current client is 89 years old.   He was born in 1925, so he’s 89 years old.  There’s a good reason why I want to emphasize his age. His wife of 60+ years has just recently passed.  He is now living alone in a large home in the east bay.  He still drives, does […]

Junk mail …congratulations, you’ve won nothing but trouble

If your 89 year old mother received this in the mail, what would she do with it?  For that matter, what would you do with it? Would she pick up the phone and call?  Would you? A letter with Reader’s Digest and Pepsi’s logo, a check for $4980 to keep you until you get your […]

Hoarding …taking their stuff to the grave

As a professional organizer, I have seen my share of hoarding situations.  Generally, I do not work with hoarders, but from time to time, something comes up that I have to handle. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you know I am a professional organizer who specializes in assisting people with their moves. […]