One of the biggest obstacles for seniors when decluttering a home becomes desirable or necessary, is just getting started. The task seems immense and is often filled with anxiety around the idea of letting go-letting go of history, memories and life. A third party, such as a compassionate caregiver, can be instrumental in getting the process started and managing the emotions that come with the organization and release of the objects. Dr. April Benson, the founder of, says “Explaining that letting go does not always signal loss but can also mean making space for something, is a good way to ease anxiety."

If you are a caregiver, some steps to help seniors declutter are as follows:

  • - Make a list of whom they want to give what items to when the time comes.
  • - Research the value of the heirlooms by consulting an antique dealer, the profit can be a motivator!
  • - Have family members take keepsakes they will use and value.
  • - Spend the time and be patient and caring. Decluttering can be a long process due to the emotion and attachment involved.

Senior Helpers has caregivers that are great at helping seniors organize and let go of possessions. Having a caregiver assist may be just the little bit of extra help needed to get started with decluttering. If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit for more information.


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