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Do you have an accident waiting to happen at your parents house?

Are your parents climbing ladders and step stools because they feel they can do things themselves? Climbing the ladder to clean out the gutters or touching up the paint is something they always did and still feel capable still doing. Years ago that wasn’t a problem; they were a lot younger and much more agile and steady. But things are changing.

How can you stop them from doing this before they have that accident which could put them out of commission permanently?  Whether it is fixing the dripping kitchen faucet, changing a filter or light bulb, putting in the screens, or anything else that needs fixing.  What peace of mind would you have knowing that Dad and Mom are not climbing ladders or step stools, crawling under sinks, or make many trips down the basement stairs which are all possibilities for accidents.

There are plenty of small businesses that can help you help your parents.   Some of them you and set them up on a monthly retainer, and they will stop by your parents home on a regular basis throughout the month and take care of things that need fixing.  You know all the little (and not so little) do it yourself projects that you don’t have time to do for your parents. Arrange to have everything done without anyone in the family climbing a ladder and taking unnecessary risks.

All you need to do is keep a perpetual “honey do” list and once a month, as regular as clock work; this company would come in and do what is on the list. If the job was too big or more involved then they may need to schedule more time, but for the most part routine maintenance and repair projects that Dad or Mom want or need done are finished and scratched off the list.

Consider this type of service as a gift for the entire family!

 

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Some Times I Wonder!

There are times when I really have to stop, think, and rethink what I am about to say.   I really wonder at times what people think about when they hand out advice, and get paid to do it.

Case in point is an 85 year old woman who just moved into a very nice, but expensive, retirement community.   I was called in to do a complete unpack and set up in the new apartment.   However when I arrived the morning after the move I walked into to a wall of boxes and furniture, and the woman I came to help was so confused and disoriented it was sad.

The community where she moved to employs a ‘move in coordinator’, who visited my client prior to the moving.   The purpose of the visit was to make sure that the items that were being moved would fit into her new apartment.  My client was moving from approximately 2000 sq ft to about 1400 sq ft.   Six hundred square feet makes a big difference.  However my client was told she could bring everything, and she did!

The bigger pieces of furniture fit, and were placed in the new apartment according to the floor plan produced by the move in coordinator.  What wasn’t taken into consideration and should have been were the closet and storage spaces between the old and the new apartment and no downsizing and decluttering took place prior to moving.  As a result, when the movers were told to pack everything, they did.

After 4 days of working to find appropriate ‘homes’ for all the items it was necessary to sit down and really have a focused (as much as possible) heart to heart discussion with my client.  I explained that there just was no more room for my team to put anything else.   There were still several cartons of ‘stuff’ that we needed to decide where to put them.     Eventually, with my client sitting on a folding chair in the storage room area, we pulled out several cartons that she had absolutely no idea what was in them.  They were old greeting cards, letter, etc., that had not been unpacked from a previous move years ago.

I cannot understand how someone could tell my client that she could bring everything and it would fit.  Of course my client relied on this advice.   I only wish that I could have been with the client on both ends of the move.   Because decluttering and downsizing prior to the move, would have saved time and money, because time is money.    But it also would have saved unnecessary stress and aggravation for the client.

My advice to Retirement Community move in coordinators, think about what you are telling your future residents about what they should and should not bring, and offer to find them some assistance.   This will be less frustrating on everyone involved in the move, from the mover, the family, and most importantly your new resident.

Shoe Fetish or Just a Love Affair

It always amazes me when I am downsizing and decluttering closets how many shoes people have. Not just women, but men too! People seem to have a real issue throwing away or even donating, unused and older shoes.

Scattered on closet floors, hanging over doors in bags, and the real serious shoe people have them methodically stored in plastic boxes labeled by color and style.  If they get really carried away, or leaning toward obsessive compulsive behavior they will even make a note to what outfit and handbag it goes with!  Makes you want to ask; Is it a shoe fetish or just a love affair with shoes?

I freely admit that I love shoes!  Shoe shopping is really the only shopping I truly love.  There is something about the new shoe smell (something like a new care smell), trying on new shoes, and visualizing what outfit you will wear with them.  This is why I love to buy new shoes, BUT my question is; Why is it so difficult to part with shoes once they no longer meet our needs?

I have pondered this question for a while now.  I think there are a few possibilities why we procrastinate.  We cannot part with them because;

  1. I still liked them,
  2. They are still comfortable (unlike other pieces of clothing) and still look reasonably good.
  3. They make me feel good, beautiful, or whatever.
  4. I still like the style and have not been able to find another pair in that color or heel height.
  5. They just do not make shoes like these anymore.
  6.  I have an odd shoe size and they are hard to find.
  7. They are classic, never go out of style, and go with everything!

These are my excuses, I am sure you some of them or have your own perfectly valid and rational reasons for hanging on to shoes for longer than reasonably necessary.

So what are shoe lovers to do, when shoes tumble out of your closet, or worse yet you need a whole closet for only your shoes?   It is difficult, but tough decisions must be made.

  1. Separate shoes that you wear regularly and put them to one side.
  2. Take the shoes that you wear with particular outfits (some shoes in #1 may overlap),
  • Ask the question – How often have I worn these shoes and outfit in the past 12 months?  If the answer is zero to 2, seriously consider donating the shoes and the outfit.
  • Then take a look at the shoes that you cannot remember when you last wore them and toss or donate them.

Separate the regularly worn shoes from the ‘special’ shoes in your closet, then when you buy a new pair evaluate whether to retire a pair from either collection, and DO IT!

Just like Neil Sedaka’s song says, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,  when you have this love affair with shoes it is really hard.   However, I know we will all find another pair of ratty, old sneakers or comfortable boots to fill the void in our heart.

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP!

Are you or someone you know . . .?

  • Preparing to enter the spring real estate market?
  • Overwhelmed with all that needs to be done to get ready?
  • Has limited time or energy to do everything?
  • That needs help on where to begin, who to call, or how much time this process will take?

If you do, I can help!

During February, I have an extra day to help you!
Schedule your complimentary Strategy Session
to review your plans, objectives, and goals; and I will answer
your Where, Who, and How questions, on beginning
 to downsize and preparing for the move.

CALL TODAY, 508-285-4802, to schedule your
 LEAP YEAR strategy session, and receive:

  • A written summary of primary action areas and dates to meet to complete project on time.
    AND HAVE:
  • An Opportunity to save $75.00 or more* on a WITTZ END service package IF booked during your Strategy Session!                

 

*Save $75.00 or more on a WITTZ END service package (depending on package size), when booked during your  strategy session.  Everyone receives the written summary just for booking strategy session.

 

Save 12 In 2012

What's In Your Attic?

Attention Baby Boomers and Adult Children of seniors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island!
Are you facing the task of decluttering, downsizing, and clearing out your home or your parents home in 2012?   If so, WITTZ END has a January 2012 SPECIAL to help you with this project.

SAVE 12% when you purchase, in full, ANY WITTZ END service plan, by January 31, 2012 and you have until June 30, 2012 to use the services (additional fees may apply, call for details).

For further details email; claire@atwittzend.com or call 508-285-4802.

Next Chapter

Two years ago I helped a family move their Mom from the family home out-of-state, to a very lovely Assisted Living.   They wanted to have their Mother living closer to them because health issues were causing more and more of a problems.   Mom and I hit it off great, and we had several nice moments during our time together.

Fast forward to two years, and I received a call from the same family and things are not going well.   Mom is having increasing amounts of issues and they are having to move her again, to a completely new and different environment.

I am happy that they thought of me to help them begin this next chapter in their Mother’s life.   I am sad that in just two years she declined so much, but I know that I am helping the family cope with the stress as they move into what could be the last chapter.

Are You Ready To Move To A Smaller Home?

  Yeah, my new e-booklet is ready!  ARE YOU READY TO MOVE TO A SMALLER HOME? is just the first of a series of e-booklets. My friend,Fran Fahey of Fran’s Fine Editing my favorite and only copy editor, worked on the booklet and turned it around in “jig” time.

ARE YOU READY TO MOVE TO A SMALLER HOME? is for families with seniors or baby boomers who might be starting to think about downsizing or may have some doubts and concerns if they are ready.  If they are not sure what to  do, there is a quiz and seven helpful tips to get them thinking and started with the process. It is also a great tool and resource for all sales and marketing people in Assisted Living or Home Health Care.

I would like to send you a complimentary copy of this e-booklet for your review and information.   PIease email me at; Claire@AtWittzEnd.com and I will forward the link to you.  If you would like to purchase a print version, which can be customized; i.e.: “Compliments of: XYZ Assisted Living ” please let me know and will forward pricing information.

Is It Time To Hold or Fold?

Just like playing cards, there are times in your life when you need to either hold on or fold when deciding to ‘age in place’ or downsize and move.   Making these decisions are often difficult and can cause people, particular older or elderly people, stress and anxiety.   There are reasons on post sides of the pro and con list to either hold or fold.

One way to decide is to find the pain.  Are you:

  • Overwhelmed doing your everyday tasks?
  • Are you tired going up and down the stairs several times a day?
  • Have you fallen and hurt yourself?
  • Do you need help taking care of personal and household needs?

These and other issues are things older people are dealing with.

Some or all of these situations can handled to allow the family member to stay in the family home with a few changes.  Such as:

  1. Make one of the downstairs rooms into a bedroom.
  2. Renovate or modify the downstairs bathroom.
  3. Hire a homemaker, aide, or a companion to help with routine non-medical household and personal tasks.

However these or other solutions may not take care of the situation or the cost and management of the services may far exceed the peace of mind of moving a loved one to a safe and smaller home situation.   One where they will received the amenities and services they need now.

There is not right or wrong answers, only whatever is correct for the person and their family.   Whether you are holding or folding, be sure to research and educate yourself to make sound and thoughtful decisions.

Tip On How To Handle Glut of Winter Coats

Empty HangersDo you have winter coats in hall closets, hanging on hooks in the garage, or in garment bags in attics?   Of course you do!  Once a coat is in the house we hate to part with it.  This is very common among Baby Boomers and Seniors because many of us are accustomed to going out every year and buying a new coat.   Every year, usually right after the holidays, the stores have some marvelous sales, and you know we cannot miss a great bargain!  

My tip to Baby Boomers, seniors, and anyone else who finds their closet, attics, or garages too full to hang up one more coat, start purging.   You can only wear one coat at a time, and often we keep going back to the same “old” coat that makes us comfortable.    Start with any coat you have hanging in the closet and ask the following questions; What condition is it in?  Is it clean? Does it fit?  When was the last time you wore it? Is it clean? Does the zipper work or are there any missing buttons?  Do not stop until the coat is not clean; sew on the missing buttons; have the zipper fixed; donate them to a homeless shelter!   Do this for each and every coat and jacket in the house. 

This project could take a few days, but do not give up!  It is much easier to do this ‘as you go’, because waiting only puts it off and you know that someday this needs to be done.   Do it now, you will feel good, and you will be helping people who desperately needs a coat, and now you have so much more closet space.

After it is finished, from now on when you shop at the after holiday sales and purchase a new coat, take the old coat and make sure everything is in good shape and make that donation.

EXPANSION OF SERVICE OFFERINGS

WITTZ END is pleased to announce that in addition to our hugely successful Relocation Concierge Services, we are now offering Full Concierge Services!  

Over the past several months we have seen a huge need for this service.   So many working people are so overwhelmed and overburdened with everything that they have going on in their lives it seems that they are just running around chasing the “ball” wherever it might be.   Check out the some of the services WITTZ END can do for you, Full Concierge Services!   Because many have asked for the services we are here to help you any way we can.

Most couples work full-time and if they have children, they are running to drop them at school, daycare, or wherever, rush to work, rush out during lunch to do errands, rush back to pick up kids and then rush home to prepare dinner.   An on the way home they might stop and buy the dinner!   This same scenario could be almost the same with couples or individuals  (no matter their age bracket) only without the daycare component.

Frequently heard comments from working people is; “No time”, “Haven’t had a family meal together in ages.” “I spend all my time running around doing errands.”   This is where WITTZ END comes to the rescue!   WITTZ END’s Full Concierge services will allow you to have your lunch hour to eat your lunch and not run to the drugstore or the dry cleaners.  After picking up the kids you can go home and everything you need to prepare dinner is in the refrigerator!   You won’t be so frazzled and you will be able to spend some fun quality time with the family or your significant other!

WITTZ END can be the answer to many people’s prayers.  Check this out Full Concierge Services you will be glad you did!

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