Delia, the senior we had moved from her home in the country to a senior’s residence in the city after she became ill.
We had spent nearly four months, off and on, clearing away clutter, cleaning up, staging the house, finding a realtor, and going back in after the house sold, to set up an online auction to clear everything.
Now it was all done.
The house had been cleared. The new owners were living there, and Delia could enjoy her life, surrounded by caring people and interesting activities.
All the treasure in the house had gone back to the community, and nothing that shouldn’t have been thrown away was tossed.
A job that big needs a coordinated effort on the part of many people and businesses.
In the first place, we needed to arrange with a Senior’s Residence, for Delia and her dog to move in. We also needed to find out what she should bring with her.
So the first part of the move was to move just the things she needed, such as
- Her bed
- Recliner chair
- Small table
- Muffy’s crate and toys
After that, we needed to assess the house.
We need to see what was garbage and junk. Which needed to be cleared away before we could have the house cleaned. Like many seniors who live alone, Delia had gotten in the habit of buying and then microwaving frozen meals that she could just heat up. We tossed a bunch of these because we can’t donate frozen goods to the Food Bank.
Like many seniors who live alone, Delia had gotten in the habit of buying frozen meals that she could just heat up. We tossed a bunch of these because we can’t donate frozen goods to the Food Bank.
The refrigerator was full of spoiled food, and the freezer had ice-crusted outdated stuff that needed to be tossed.
Rusted garden tools, and old stuff from renovations had to be cleared to give the yard a cared for look. We contacted Just Junk to take some, and 4 Good Home Services (formerly Redemptive Developments)to take more later.
My staff and I made a number of trips to Goodwill Industries and the Edmonton Humane Society to take old towels, and sheets, as well as other things I didn’t think, would sell in an auction.
The house was
- cleared in stages
- cleaned and decluttered
- clean furniture to make the house presentable
- stage the house to make it look inviting for a new owner.
Delia gave us permission to find a realtor for her, we have relationships with several, including ones that specialize in helping seniors sell their homes.
I also needed a handyman service to fix some things, and after I got locked out of the garage, I needed a Lock Smith.
Then there was the Moving company, the online auction company, MaxSold, and the car dealership where we took Delia’s car to be repaired.
We also hired a landscaping and lawn maintenance company to trim the grass and water the flowers. To give the home that all-important curb appeal.
We also found the helpful services of Wellness Home Veterinary services for Muffy, who got sick after she moved into the Senior’s Residence.
In all, we engaged 14 different businesses to help with the project.
For Delia, all she had to do was give permission. We did all the rest.
It’s very satisfying to be able to help people to improve their lives by downsizing the stuff and right-sizing the life they can have.
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