Instead of trying to decide what you don’t need – do the opposite. Make a simple list of things you will absolutely need in your new home.
The list should include all the things you use daily that are important to you. This might include clothing, toiletries, medications, and other items you use regularly. You should prioritize these items first when sorting through your possessions.
And remember to bring or safely store all your important documents. These can include deeds, wills, titles, advance directives, and more. These documents should always be safe, secure, and easy to access quickly.
Also, consider what furniture you want to have in your new home. Which nightstands, tables, chairs, or couches will make your new residence feel like your new home?
Which pictures, tchotchkes, and knickknacks surround you with warm memories and feelings? Bring all your favorite clothing. Find out what kitchen and dining items you will need and which you will not.
So, your first focus is prioritizing the items you need. Keep in mind the space and storage options you will have in your new assisted living home will help you determine what you need to bring with you and what can be left behind.
Once you make your “Must Have” list, everything else falls into one of the below categories:
- Sentimental Things to Keep
- Give to Relatives
- Donate to Charity
- Throw Out
If you set up piles, boxes, or areas for these remaining categories, your decluttering becomes simple.