Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering

Q: Do I need it or want it?

A: Your “want” items will be a good place to focus when deciding what to get rid of.

Q: Does the item have sentimental value?

A: Consider whether a photo of the items might work as a less bulky stand in.

Q: Do I use this item often?

A: If you’ve never or only rarely used the item, it’s time to let it go.

Q: Do I have another item that performs the same function?

A: If so, chose the item that works best for you and get rid of the other one.


5 Steps for Helping a Senior Loved One Settle Into Assisted Living

Step 1: Encourage them to share their feelings about leaving their former home.

Step 2: Keep them involved in decision-making. Ask them how they want their new home set up.

Step 3: Decorate their new space with their favorite items and plenty of family photos.

Step 4: Make frequent visits and call often.

Step 5: Gently encourage them to participate in the facility’s activities.