As the baby boomer generation ages, many people have reached a point in their life where it is time to move out of their family home and downsize. According to the 2016 census, there are over 70 individuals, 22% of the population, in Markham above the age of 60. Coincidentally, in Stouffville, 22% of the population is also above the age of 60.
Over those many years, families save their children’s old tricycles, hockey sticks, Halloween costumes and boxes of boxes of mementos. The decision to part with these memories is difficult as parents are often asking themselves what do I keep, give to the kids or simply throw out.
After years of living in a home and raising a family, the prospect of sorting through a lifetime of accumulated belongings is overwhelming for many people, emotionally and physically.
Retirees facing this task might not have the strength to tackle it, while those still working might not have the time. To solve this dilemma an industry of downsizing specialists has emerged to help homeowners sort belongings, pack up, sell unwanted items, and even set up the new place so it feels just like home.
In York Region, a few services are available to help homeowners resolve their decluttering dilemma.
- Clutter B Gone helps homeowners and small businesses declutter and organize their spaces so they can enjoy a clean, clutter-free environment.
- Downsizing Diva is a company that specializes in downsizing and moving for seniors. They help older adults downsize and manage a move with grace, dignity and a little humour.
For those people with low to moderate-income, the organization CHATS (Community & Home Assistance to Seniors) offers programs that provide aid to York Region individuals who are living in poor environmental conditions and are at risk of losing the tenancy.
Many of these services often partner with appraisal and estate sale companies to hold content sales and help speed up the decluttering process.
Often after an individual, couple or family declutters and downsizes there becomes a sense of joy and they wish to do the process over again.
RE/MAX All-Stars Benczik Team Realty has been serving the residents of Markham, Unionville and Stouffville for the past 30 years. We have partnered with some of the best service providers for each industry. Should you have any questions regarding downsizing or decluttering do not hesitate to contact us.