If your parents have lived in the same house since you and your siblings were babies, you can bet they have collected a lot of stuff. Consider your parent's moving needs and the best steps to take for downsizing their unused, old personal property while packing. Before you start cleaning the house that has been collecting stuff since you were born, making sure you have a couple of roll-off dumpsters out in the yard first is a good idea.
Make A Plan Before Packing
Sitting down and writing out a list of tasks you need to get done before packing can help you ease the stress of moving for both you and your parents. If your parents are moving into a place like a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may have a lot of property to sort out, pack and put into storage. You will most likely also have a rented dumpster or two filled with old stuff that needs to be taken to a landfill or recycling center. Taking the time to locate a dumpster rental company before moving your parents is best to avoid making work for yourself by piling things into the yard that will need to be put into a dumpster later. Making sure your dumpsters are at your parent's home before packing and moving begins is the way to go to save time.
Giving Yourself Plenty Of Time
Your parents did not collect all their personal belongings in just a few years, but most likely in several. For this reason, taking your time packing with your mom or dad is important. Never pack personal items you feel your parents should make choices about keeping first. Also, never rush your parents while they are trying to make serious decisions about the property to take with them to a new home. Remember, the home your parents are moving out of may hold many wonderful memories and the property you are considering not taking could be a reminder of them.
Keeping The New House In Mind When Packing
Avoiding a whole lot of stress is easier when you take only the property that will fit into a smaller house than your parents have been used to. Write down the square footage of the smaller house and compare each room to the ones in your parent's current home. Packing only necessary items, room by room, using the square footage of each room in the new house is best to avoid taking items there will be no room for.
Renting a roll-off dumpster from a company like Western Disposal, is a good idea for keeping down chaotic clutter. Remaining as organized as possible helps your move go smoothly and with little stress.