Posts Tagged ‘moving’

Thinking of downsizing? You’re not alone. As the baby boomer generation ages many are deciding to sell their family homes and opt for smaller dwellings. Regardless of your reason for downsizing, the process can be overwhelming. 

Sorting, assessing and evaluating can be an enormous task and not one  you’d want to take on in the midst of staging, selling, and moving. If you can, begin to purge your belongings  before you plan to move. The sooner the better. It will make the process seem less arduous.  

Start with what’s easy. Oftentimes kitchen or bathroom items have the least amount of sentimental attachments. Whatever you identify as your “easy room” is where you want to begin. From that point, move room by room, sorting and evaluating your belongings. 

Keep your new space in mind while you sort through your things. Don’t just consider the square footage of your new home but imagine the lifestyle you will have when you get there. If you’re retired and have taken up hiking then you can probably part with your dress shoes and suits. 

As you downsize, you are likely to come across sentimental items that won’t fit into your new space or lifestyle. Try reaching out to family or friends who may be interested in providing those items a new home. Start divvying things up early to allow time to schedule pick ups or drop offs well in advance of your move day. 

With the right checklist and a sufficient amount of time, the process of evaluating and parting with your belongings can be very liberating. 

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Helping after a Loss.

Whether you are the executor or a family member, or both, Just In Time Solutions can help you. We want you to be able to grieve and focus on family, not the daunting task of “what to do with all the stuff?”

We can help, sort through items, walk you through the best way to re-home unwanted items, pack and prepare items for family and friends, remove garbage and recycles and only leave you with your keepsakes and memories. Sounds too easy? Good, we want it too be. 

The hardest decisions we want you to have to make is who gets what. Once that is decided, our job begins.  We have over a decade of built up resources and contacts and on the job training to help you navigate, what is traditionally, an emotionally stressful time.  It could be a family home of 50 years, a retirement home apartment, or a storage locker of buried treasures; we can help. We have often hear from clients “that would have taken months”, or “how could we have done that without you?”, or “my Mom would be so happy to know her items went to people who could use them and not the garbage”. We may not have personally known your loved one, but our goal is to treat their items and their space with respect.

We can help seniors, vulnerable people and essential moves during this lock down. We are here for you!

If you, or someone you know, has lost a loved one or is responsible for an estate, please contact Just In Time Solutions and let us help you, so you can focus on what truly matters; remembering and grieving. 

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So, you are moving your parents to retirement living.  Whether a decision they have made on their own, or is it is difficult decision you have had to help them make, it is a time of reflection, loss and transition.   The life as we knew it with Mom and Dad is changing.

So, you get the call; You know that Mom and Dad have been failing but you didn’t realize how much.  Maybe they are geographically farther away, they simply do not tell you to avoid worrying you, or possibly you just didn’t realize how much they were failing.  You find out that things are declining quickly.  Maybe it’s a situation where, one parent’s mind is compromised and the other parent has severe diabetes.  There are so many different possible situations. You are part of the “Sandwich Generation”. The children are still working full-time and have busy lives.  The adult children need to focus on what’s going on in their own family, but Mom and Dad need them. Health care and personal care needs are in question. The retirement home search needs to begin, not to mention the long list of other needed care.

I often hear, “I thought that I would just take a week off and come home”. OR  “My siblings and I will get done what needs to get done will get them moved and get the house up for sale.”   In reality, there are so many things to do when you are moving your parents to a retirement home.  First of all, you need to find out what’s actually going on with mom and dad. Then, you need to look after their healthcare, find a place for them to move to, get all the paperwork in order, all while listening and talking and hearing your parents about their wishes. 

We all accumulate too much stuff, whether it just be day to day newspapers, magazines, mail or the on going collections of things like antiques, books, salt and pepper shakers and more.  So what do we you do with all the stuff?  There will be items that go with them and then there will be items you and/or your siblings will want.  After that what happens to the rest?   Donate the items or sell the items?  Personally, we like to repurpose, reuse and recycle as much as we can. 

We can sell items online or can do an online auction.  We can donate to the people that we know will use it.  For example, we know that animal shelters can use blankets, towels and laundry detergent.  We know where to take men’s and ladies clothes so they will get to those who need them.   Household furniture, tools and garage items, can go to Habitat for Humanity.  We have people to assess and buy coins, stamps, and other collections.  The list of belongings can seem endless and if you do not know what to do with all these things it can be frustrating and time consuming. 

Then there is the photos, what do we do with them all?  We suggest you go through them and get rid of all the ones that no-one knows the people ( yes this does happen), the landscape , the ones with the thumb marks and all the ones that just do not matter.  One solution might be having them all scanned and put on a usb for each child and one for Mom and Dad.  Then you can take Mom and Dad’s usb and get them an electronic photo frame to enjoy. 

When you are moving your parents to a retirement residence you want to do this as easy as possible and in a positive way. You do not need to do it on your own, call us, get help and focus on the things that are important – Your parents, their stories and making their new life transition easy. 

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Our country, well let’s be honest the entire world grinded to a halt last spring. We struggled in our jobs, businesses and within our homes. We struggled to get through every day issues, but then it dawned on us. Life was still moving forward and by moving I mean “MOVING”.

Houses were still being put on the market, sold and people were still moving. There was no stopping that domino effect. Not even a virus could stop that momentum.

And then there were calls from friends looking for help with their parents. They were not allowed to see them, let alone move them into a care facility. Again, life doesn’t stop for a virus attacking the world. Your parents and loved ones still need care, and being in lockdown unable to help caused an incredible amount of anxiety for our clients and their parents.

These are only two situations where COVID didn’t care. It was a truly huge relief when the team from Just In Time Solutions were given the “all clear” to help these people. We couldn’t help but worry about their welfare and state of mind before, during and after a move.

You see moving in the best of times, you all know is known as one of the top 5 most stressful things anyone can do. Add COVID and now you’re doing it alone, without help? No, that’s not the way it has to be. Our team has been allowed to help before, during and after a move. Whether its a downsize, a senior’s move or you and your family are upgrading – we are allowed and are HERE to help.

You Do Not Have To Do This Alone.

You can stand in your kitchen and living room and slowly turn around, and that’s where the overwhelming sense of anxiety starts. You start to look at your surroundings, about everything that has to be done before you list and then again before you move. The housing market is at an all time high. It’s so hard to understand and getting caught up in the momentum is completely natural. When the dust settles and you realize that your friends and family are unable to help due to COVID restrictions, that’s when it dawns on most people – “I’m not going to be able to do this alone”. Two pieces of advice we want to you know:

1 – This is just one day, one week out of an entire lifetime and you are going to make it. There’s no doubt in our minds, you’ll get there. Take one thing at a time. Complete one task at a time. Eventually you’ll see through this situation and you’ll be ok.

2 – Instead of struggling, instead of just being “ok” ….call us for help. There is absolutely no reason for you to struggle with any of this.

If your family is in a situation where your parents need to be moved whether it’s leaving hospital, their home of 40 years or into assisted living. THIS. This is what we do. We walk in and we look after the stuff, so that you can look after them. One client said to us ” you’re the best accident I ever had”.

We can’t stand to see people struggle, it’s just not something we can sit back and watch. So please reach out, don’t get yourself into a position that is going to break you or your family.

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17 years of being a Certified Professional Organizer and you can probably guess – I’ve seen it all.

But something I didn’t actually anticipate back in 2001, was the relationships I would be forming with my clients. In my view 17 years of being in a small business and being successful is an incredible accomplishment. But today I write you about some of my firsts….

There have been clients that have been a “one off deal”. They are in need of help and coaching and when the day is done, they’re happy and organized. These clients are usually families with children. But some of my first clients were professional people who were entering “middle-age” or thinking of retiring. These amazing, organized and dedicated individuals have called on me from time to time to help in life changing situations.

I have had the honour of assisting them from moving from their family home to an apartment or condo. I have been blessed to shared the ups and downs of “downsizing” and for some moving into spaces that provide a bit more care.

It hit me this week, that I have grown so very attached to these people. They have become my friends, confidants and sounding-boards. We know everything there is to know about each other families and lives because of the time I have been given to walk along beside these wonderful individuals. I never expected to form such ties with clients that had called me for help so many years ago. But I have, and I am humbled in their trust and belief of who I am and what I do.  There have been difficult decisions and moves made,  but I believe that because of our strong relationship both of us make these moves easier on each other.

To all those clients that have become “friends”, to all those who have allowed me to join them in this incredible journey. Thank you. Thank you for your never ending confidence, faith and assurance.

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