Peter Gehres and Sue Lyons joined us on September 20th show to share their expertise about moving an aging loved oneâ€“ from how to get organized & decide what to keep to selling their home and possessions to handling the emotional and physical stress from this life transition.
Dealing with a Lifetimeâ€™s Worth of Stuff
Peter Gehres, auctioneer, shared that an auction is a great way to rapidly and efficiently get rid of an overwhelming amount of possessions. An auctioneer will help you discover which items are truly valuable. As Peter suggested, â€œ hiring an auctioneer will uncover the diamonds in the rough.â€
Preserving the Memories
Just because an object canâ€™t be sold for a lot doesnâ€™t mean it isnâ€™t valuable and worth keeping. Peter shared, â€œkeep things that preserve a memory, such as a mixing bowl your grandmother made chocolate chip cookies in. Although there is no value to sell, there is value to the memory behind the mixing bowlâ€. Write down that family history so the memories can be passed down to children and grandchildren along with the objects.
Sue Lyons, senior move consultant, shared tips as well about how to keep family memories fresh. She suggested creating a â€œmemory box to place pictures, recipes and grandmaâ€™s ladle, and when you are thinking about grandma or your mother you can go back to the memory boxâ€.
What were the biggest challenges you faced moving an aging parent? What did you learn from the experience and what would tell others going through it now?
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