Sem­i­nar helps se­niors to down­size

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS -

NORTH­SIDE se­niors who need help to down­size can reg­is­ter for a free sem­i­nar to be held at Cherm­side

Li­brary on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

Care to Move spokesper­son Clarissa Brandt said a lot of older adults were over­whelmed by the idea of de­clut­ter­ing, down­siz­ing and mov­ing.

“When you’ve lived in the same house for decades you end up with rooms and rooms full of stuff and it’s hard to know what to keep and what to let go,” she said.

“At the Deal­ing with Down­siz­ing sem­i­nar at­ten­dees will re­ceive ad­vice on how to take the first step to get­ting the job done.

“One of the things stop­ping peo­ple part­ing with their stuff is the mean­ings and mem­o­ries as­so­ci­ated with items; the good news is there are lots of ways to store mem­o­ries.

“We’ll talk about some of the ways peo­ple can do this and ex­am­ples of tech­niques that have re­ally worked well for many of our clients.”

Ms Brandt said one of the most dif­fi­cult things se­niors should come to terms with when down­siz­ing was that other fam­ily mem­bers of­ten don’t want their stuff.

“Tra­di­tion­ally peo­ple loved re­ceiv­ing hand-me-down goods but for a va­ri­ety of so­cial, cul­tural, and eco­nomic rea­sons it is no longer the case.

“Af­ter learn­ing ways to sell un­wanted pos­ses­sions and un­der­stand­ing what items dif­fer­ent char­i­ties ac­cept, at­ten­dees will leave the sem­i­nar en­er­gised with an ‘I can do it’ at­ti­tude about their pend­ing move.”

The sem­i­nar in­cludes morn­ing tea and will be held from 10-11.30am on Oc­to­ber 6. To RSVP con­tact 3180 1689 or visit http://care­to­move.c

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