Tips for downsizing to a bachelor apt. from a two bedroom apt?

I have been taking care of my 92 yr. old Mom, who has dementia, has been hoarding for the past 3 yrs. and it's overwhelming. I don't have a lot of "stuff" but it's going to be a big change for me and her. I need some ideas for space consumption, and "what REALLY, I don't need" Thanks for your help.

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  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 26, 2018
    Going thru much of the same thing with my dad right now. Just spent a good part of the afternoon cleaning out his garage and have only just scratched the surface. I have been taking one small part of a room at a time. I make 4 piles. One of stuff to keep, pile 2 stuff to keep but needs repair, pile 3 stuff to take to the Salvation Army and pile 4 stuff to throw away. My dad is somewhat of a hoarder so this is challenging. Some stuff is easy to make a decision. Example, he doesn't need 53 dress shirts. Some stuff is sentimental so we can take a picture so he always has the memory but the item necessarily. He agrees that it is better that someone else gets some use then the item sitting in his garage and slowly rotting or rusting.
    If you get new furniture when you move think about looking for something that offers storage in nearly every piece. There are couches that they make now where the seat lifts up like a bench seat with storage under it. Ottoman's that offer a top that lifts off with storage underneath are great. Don't forget to use the back of your doors. You can buy plastic shoe organizers that will hold all different types of stuff. Or wire racks, plastic bins, crates, book shelves, etc. all offer storage.

  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Jun 29, 2018
    Think about what you are keeping and how to store. Stackling boxes are good, when I was sorting my craft room. I used clear shoe boxes. Only use boxes just slightly bigger than what you are storing.
    Need space on units and your mum has
    Lots of frames with photos , take out photos and put photos in an album, or in a group frame on the wall, this will release clutter from the sides. Frames can be given to charity. This will then give you some space. Clothes are easy to sort, you could have a hanging rail built under shelving. Shelving systems are good and can include hanging rail.
    Furniture is on basis of whats needed for the areas of the space you have.
    Good luck.

  • Rtw29951864 Rtw29951864 on Jun 29, 2018
    Thank you so much for your input! Much appreciated!