In the United States, an average of 10,000 people a day turn 65 years old. It’s an age when many people start to think about retiring, and with that, downsizing. Making the decision to sell the family home and move someplace smaller, more manageable, closer to children or grandchildren, is a huge life milestone. For some, it comes with the promise of ease and a sense of relief. But for many others, it’s an emotionally fraught choice, made staring down the barrel of the third chapter of life.
Through years as a professional organizer, I’ve seen a lot of this process weigh heavily on people’s adult children. So many of my decluttering clients want to know how to better help their parents through their downsize, both physically and emotionally. Here are 10 top tips that I’ve seen help people move into the next chapter with ease.