Local move specialist offers free tips for seniors at Holly Creek luncheon
President Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Cierra Olmstead, owner of Centennial-based A Move Handled With Care shares that same philosophy when assisting her senior clients who are moving – time spent planning the move makes it manageable.
“Having a plan and timeline in place is important for any move,” said Olmstead. “Outlining what needs to be done and when it needs to be done by helps relieve stress and make it less overwhelming.”
Regarding do’s and don’ts of moves that involve downsizing, Olmstead recommends the following:
- Keep the best and let go of the rest
- Let family and friends know you are downsizing and you have items they can take
- Think and stay positive – be confident with your downsize decisions, don’t second guess yourself
- Do it when it’s your choice and you have a say where your possessions go
- Enlist help (e.g. friends, family, church group or professional help) – you’re not in this alone
- Put it off for a rainy day otherwise it won’t happen
- Don’t donate immediately – what you think may not have value could – pros can give you an overall assessment
- Don’t assume family will want everything – or anything for that matter
“I’ve learned over my 10 years of helping seniors and their families that a move requires compassion, patience and being a good listener – moving isn’t just about getting boxes from point A to B, it can raise a mix of emotions from feeling excited to feeling overwhelmed,” added Olmstead.
On Thursday, March 16 starting at 11:30 am, Olmstead will share this and other advice during a free luncheon hosted by the Holly Creek Retirement Community – 5500 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial. Because seating is limited, please RSVP to 720.466.2039.