The first quarter of the year is a great time to get those moving plans in motion, even if relocating later in the year. We've come up with a few helpful resources for seniors to help you organize, purge and donate the things you don't want to take with you. Let's get started.
You've likely already de-cluttered the house. Nice job! If you missed those helpful de-cluttering tips visit our de-clutter blog post. Now, what do you do with all the things you don't want to keep?
Keep an eye out for local shredding events typically hosted by local news agencies. If these shred-a-thons do not coincide with your timetable consider other shredding service providers, such as FedEx.
If you are not sure whether or not you should keep a document, visit Managing Household Records.
Ebay offers a nice alternative to the traditional yard sale for unwanted, yet still useful items. Contact Art Mendel with Brinkley Enterprises, LLC by phone, 206-940-7310 or email, amstockport @yahoo.com. He can help you sell your valuables on Ebay. Note, this is not an exhaustive list below, but do not hesitate to contact The Red Door Team or Art Mendel regarding other unwanted items not listed.
Art – paintings, etchings
Christmas Items – All Types
Clothing – Vintage or Designer, High-end
Computer Games & Gaming Operations
Fur Coats – Men's & Women's
Medical Equipment – Wheelchairs & Lifts
Sports memorabilia – Autographed & Posted
Toys – Collectible, Mechanical, Battery Operated
There are several centers that will pick up your donation items for you.
Community Service For The Blind & Partially Sighted [pick up]
9709 3rd Ave NE, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98115
**They will pick up from your house
Eco Encore [drop off or ship to]
900 1st Ave S, Suite 408, Seattle, WA 98134
**Accepts books, CDs, DVDs, software – sold to fund environmental organizations
Bridge Ministries [drop off]
12328 Northup Way, 1st floor, Bellevue, WA 98133
**Accepts used medical equipment
The Salvation Army [pick up or drop off]
1010 4th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134
**Accepts used appliances and more
Hire a Moving Manager
If you're still feeling overwhelmed, you can hire a moving manager to assist you throughout the entire moving process. Read about the 'Benefits of Move Managers' and consider the two options below.
Relocation company specializing in helping seniors: http://senior.movingstation.com/
Find a senior move manager, go to http://www.nasmm.org/
If you would like more resources or assistance planning or coordinating an upcoming transition, please contact the Red Door Team at our office at 425-408-9681.