Joan Barboza had a pretty nice apartment with a large window offering a ring-side seat to the world, including the comings and goings of birds that flocked to the evergreen tree just beyond the window. But, when another tenant in the senior housing complex in Providence, RI, mentioned that an apartment with even greater views was available, she jumped at the chance to move.
Another plus: the new digs were on the first floor and she’d no longer have to climb stairs. Looking at her belongings, though, she said, “I was overwhelmed.”
“Seniors often feel that way,” said the movers Jacksonville, Fl., who recommend folks get their hands on a copy of “Moving for Seniors: A Step-by-Step Workbook.”
The spiral bound book is a guide for seniors and their adult children to help those in the moving process, said Barbara Harris, author, who launched Smooth Transitions, a household downsizing and estate dispersal business in 1995 (see previous blog post).
Simple Transitions is about making a move less traumatic for everyone. Services offered include: sorting, packing, coordinating the move, unpacking and arranging the new living space. Additional services include getting items shipped and arrangements for disposing of unwanted items. “It takes a lot of pressure off the senior and any adult children.”
The workbook, complete with illustrations, offers charts, lists, and “what to with stuff accumulated over a lifetime” in an easy-to-read format, said Morris. She added that some folks have some 30-, 40-, or 50-years of accumulated stuff, which she refers to as a “lifetime of treasures.”
Those who’ve used the workbook have said it offers “good suggestions” and a “systematic approach.”
“I wish I had the book before I moved,” said Barboza, who said she was enjoying new views but was still exhausted weeks after moving.
The movers Jacksonville, Fl., said the book is invaluable for anyone facing a move. To order the $16 workbook, visit: www.movingforseniors.com.