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Sherry Brown, Professional Organizer

Prepare For Packing a Senior

If you decide to do some or all of the packing for your move yourself, it’s important to become familiar with the techniques that will best protect your possessions.

Here are a few general suggestions from that may make packing easier:

  • First pack items that aren’t used often or are out-of-season.
  • Start packing as soon as possible with help of family and friends.
  • Don’t pack any flammable items.
  • Use generous amounts of paper inside the carton on the top and bottom to provide good cushion.
  • List contents and room on the outside of the carton.
  • Clearly mark “Fragile” on the outside of cartons.
  • Use clean newsprint paper. Old newspapers work in some cases, but use carefully because the ink may rub off onto items.
  • Write “Open First” on cartons containing essential items such as cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.
  • Separate breakables and non-breakables.
  • Pack cartons tightly so items don’t shift.
  • Use professional packing tape. Masking tape isn’t strong enough to support fully packed cartons.

Moving for some seniors is one of life’s most difficult experiences. Leaving a home after 30, 40, or even 50 years of time is not only a physical change of place, but also often an emotional experience. Moving requires physical effort, mental sharpness for all those minute decisions, and lots of lots of energy. It can become completely overwhelming at the prospect of making decisions about so many things.

Using the services of a Senior Move Manager can lift the heavy burden from your shoulders. If you are considering a move for yourself or a loved one and need assistance, we are here to answer your questions.

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