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5 Tips for Indianapolis Senior Caregivers During the Holidays

The holidays can be busy enough for any individual, but when a person is charged with also taking care of an elderly loved one, the stresses of this time of year can quickly build up. You want to make sure that your loved one enjoys the holidays and that family traditions are upheld, but boy, what a difficult task it can be. 

This is true whether your other fulltime job is as a Carmel accountant, a Fishers attorney, or someone who helps Indianapolis seniors and older adults move and organize their lives.
I've put together a few tips below to help Indianapolis caregivers deal with the busyness of the holidays.
Bring the Party to Them
Instead of traveling, invite people to the home of the one who is receiving care. This will minimize the stress of travel for them and you, while creating a comfortable environment.
Potlucks are Great!
As a caregiver, there is no need for you to be in charge of everything. Make the festivities potluck, asks guests to bring food and drink, and don't be shy about requesting help with cleanup.
Small is Good
A large number of guests can be confusing and even stressful for your loved one, so make get-togethers an intimate occasion with just a few attendees.
Be honest when asked about what gifts you or your loved one need or would like to receive. Let them know what would be most beneficial for you and the one who is receiving care. Ask for things like caregiving help or a gift certificate from grocery stores or other service providers (like cleaners and laundries) that may deliver. After all, the greatest gift is about making life easier and more enjoyable for both you and your loved one. 
Learn to Rely on Others and Make Time for Yourself
While it may seem difficult, you can find time for naps or the occasional night out. Again, don't be shy about asking for some help. You'll be surprised at the number of people who care enough about you to lend a hand!

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Indianapolis Home Organization and Ideas for the Holidays

Get Organized Before the Kids and Family Come Home for the Holidays!


Clear the Clutter & Organize One or Several Rooms for Entertaining

Sift Through Closets & Bedrooms & Box Items for Dispersal


We can also help hang holiday decorations through the interior of your home

Have you just moved? We'll help with the final unpacking & organization


We also love to file and organize family photos & place photos in special archive boxes for lasting memories


One or Two Organizers for 2, 4 or 8 Hours

To schedule an appointment or for more information contact:

Rita Woll, Complete Relocation Solutions Sales

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Being Creative with Small Spaces

Creating space and warmth is key when it comes to moving seniors from a large home (like 1,000 to 5,000 square feet) to a much smaller space. 
This lesson was highlighted when I recently helped move one of my sons out of a 900 square foot elevator building apartment on the upper west side of New York City. He chose to move into a 100 year-old walk-up building on the lower east side -  that's right - one with no elevator or air conditioning either! 
The new apartment has no closets or shelving, and a bathroom where the door only closes if you put just one leg in at a time. Yes, the entire place is really small!
The bedroom is 5 x 12 square feet, with barely enough room for a full size bed smacked up against the wall and, like I mentioned, no closets. So where was my son to put his suits, shirts, winter coats, and everything else?  
The room did have an armoire, but with the bed in the room, you couldn’t open the doors. That meant the armoire had to go. 
As a senior move manager who provides floor planning for all spaces, my only solution was to hang the clothes from the ceiling.
I purchased some white decorative chains and asked the building maintenance team to attach those to the beams in the ceiling, then hung the clothes from 6 inch wooden, round rods. 
This produced a pleasant-looking, trapeze sort of effect that I made sure was at least 12 inches from the wall so the hangers and clothes won't rub against it. I also left 42 inches between each rod so the longer suit jackets don't touch each other. 
The hanging clothing begins at the foot of the bed - with only 12 inches to spare -  and are "double hung." This allows seasonal clothes to hang at the top where they can be reached with a step stool, while clothing for the current season is accessible directly from the floor. 
There is also space designed on the far right for longer, winter dress coats and raincoats. These do not touch the floor and there's enough room left over to place a shoe rack. An added bonus is that the hanging clothes camouflage the suitcases and the small, four- drawer shelving that we built on the bedroom wall. 
The trick here was to make sure the shelving was high enough that my son won't hit his head when rolling over in bed. 
The shelves serve as open storage for t-shirts, towels, sheets, blankets, paper towels, toilet paper, and more. The biggest challenge will be keeping the clothes folded neatly since it is all exposed.
No matter what our age, our “stuff” and our “space” are important to us: after all, it's our home and reflects who we are.
As an Indianapolis senior move manager, my goal always is to make sure that a client's home reflects a safe, comfortable space where they can go to collect their thoughts, rejuvenate, rest, and relax.
When our “nest” is properly situated, we can have peace and harmony at any age!
At Complete Relocatin Solutions, formerly Yellow Tag Household Sales, we organize, sort, and plan so that your “stuff” becomes a part of the "right space" and feels pleasant and comfortable to you and your loved ones. If you're faced with this sort of planning or space dilemma, call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help.

There are several reasons you will need our services:

  • Passing of a family member or friend.
  • Final household clean-outs and gettng the house ready for the real estate market. Act as project manager for home renovations.
  • Home staging for active real estate showings.
  • Moving – Just packing or just unpacking at the new location.
  • Moving or downsizing an aging senior parent to independent, assisted living, or long term care.
  • Want to keep your aging senior parent in their home? "Age in Place". Re-organize and de-clutter. Safety is an issue.
  • Remodeling or Redecorating – packing breakables and clean and polish while unpacking.
  • Just organizing need for an extra pair of hands to help.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Corporate employee transfers and relocations. No downtime for the employee relocation. Getting settled immediately.
  • Digitzing documents, photos, VHS tapes, slides. Preserving the memories.