Tips for downsizing when moving to senior apartments include getting the dimensions of the room, having an estate sale and asking about storage space at the senior apartment center, according to Pillsbury Senior Communities. It can also be helpful to have family and friends help with the process.
Getting the dimensions of the new room lets the senior community resident know how much he can bring with him, notes Pillsbury Senior Communities. If adult children are helping a parent move, the children should involve the parent with the process to ensure the room is comfortable. It is best to set the new apartment up in a similar manner as the old residence to create a sense of familiarity.
An estate sale allows senior community residents to get rid of items and make some money at the same time, says Pillsbury Senior Communities. Donating any unsold items to charity can count as a taxable donation. If an agency is enlisted to help with the sale, it usually receives a percentage of the profits.
Having family and friends help with downsizing can make the process easier, says A Place for Mom. Clutter can be removed, items can find new homes with loved ones and senior citizens can relive memories attached to old belongings.