This delightful woman has been a widow since the late 1980s. She lives in the family home she and her husband built and raised their family in. It’s now feeling to big to care for, especially the lakefront property. Interested in more companionship and looking ahead to when driving would be challenging, she knew it was time to move into a senior community.
We needed to sort through the home and garage, deciding what needed to be donated, sent to family members, thrown away and brought to the new apartment.
Making decisions about possessions that hold special, sentimental attachments are incredibly challenging! She had objects that her late husband had given her, art projects her grown daughters had made in their elementary school years, collectables from her childhood. The sheer volume to be sorted was overwhelming for her. Due to the physical and emotional toll, we needed to be careful not to overdo our work sessions.
We met and got a tour of our client’s home. We decided what percentage of her possessions would comfortably fit inside her new apartment. This helped us when making decisions of what to keep and to let go of. I also talked about the places that I could bring donations. Some of her art supplies and magazines would be welcomed at my children’s schools. Knowing who would benefit from the donations, make it easier to let go of things. We agreed to have three hour work sessions to accommodate her physical and emotional needs. We took pictures of sentimental objects and art projects before letting them go. We worked together to sort and remove anything not being brought to the apartment. Once this was done, we packed and coordinated the moving company. The transition was stressful for her, but to a much lesser level than it would have been tackling it by herself.
Why Sigh of Relief Organizing was perfect for this job:
Andrea excels working with seniors. She really listens to her clients and can empathize with the stresses of moving. She has a studied psychology and worked in the emergency medical field; this allows her to watch for signs of anxiety and stress. Andrea and this client have continued this relationship past the big move!