Following on from my anatomy of a downsizing project, here is the children’s view on why my professional organising and decluttering skills are key to the success of any downsizing project:
Charlie, son of Mr and Mrs H:
“I didn’t know people like Sarah existed, my brother found her. We’d been talking about moving for a good couple of years but it was difficult as my parents had strong emotional links to the house and the scale of moving was daunting. But it was apparent mum would not survive in the house or that dad would kill himself trying to maintain it so we knew it was time. Read more
Following on from my anatomy of a downsizing project, here is the removalist firm’s view on why my professional organising and decluttering skills are key to the success of any downsizing project:
Neil Atkinson, D.Durrant Removals: “When I got there Sarah had done the bulk of the work. I didn’t see what it was like before she started the project but from what my boss said about the house, Sarah must have done a huge amount. By moving day she’d done 99% of the decluttering and everything there was what we were taking which is rare.
THE PROJECT: To move an 80-year-old couple from the 5-bedroom family home where they’d lived for the past 40 years into a two-bedroom bungalow.
THE CHALLENGE: They had 10 rooms, 3 cellars, loft, garage, games room, workshop and stables full of nearly 40 years of stuff. Mrs H has Parkinson’s Disease and her husband Mr H was managing everything on his own. We had 2 months. Read more
Home-blocking is a term used to describe the aging population’s seeming determination to stay in the family home rather than downsizing to release urgently needed homes back to the local community.
The UK elderly are at odds with their counterparts in the USA and Australia: just 1% of people over 60 in the UK live in retirement homes, compared with 17% in the States and 13% in Australia. So, what isn’t happening in the UK? Read more