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Are You an Indianapolis Hoarder or Collector? (2)



A new article on the Huffington Post recently caused me to think more about the phenomenon known as "hoarding." You may have seen the shows on TV detailing this obesession, one where individuals develop a compulsion to stack their homes full of as many items as possible, often to the point of losing control of sanitation, safety, and sometimes destroying the house itself.

Brain scans of individuals with hoarding disorder are now showing that, indeed, the brains of these individuals are drastically different than those of normal individuals. And a movement is now underway in the medical community to classify this condition as a medical illness.
Of course, there are many differing levels of this psychological tendency to hoard items. Just because someone has a tendency to collect a large number of items does not mean - necessarily - that they are a hoarder. Some folks just like to collect items and occasionally, those collections can begin to meander out of control.
As an Indianapolis senior move manager, one of my jobs is to help individuals of all types - seniors and otherwise - to organize and de-clutter their homes. That may be part of a move from one place to another or simply a redesign of current living space and organization of items into a more cohesive and manageable state. From digitizing photographs to organizing closets and boxing items for a move to storage, I've seen first-hand how difficult it is for some people to allow their items to become more strategically placed.
Let me once again - unequivocally - state that I am not implying that you are a hoarder just because your home or workspace in Indiana is excessively cluttered. Nothing could be further from the truth. But a professional organizer like me - a senior move expert - can be very helpful in casting a seasoned eye across a home and decades of possessions that could be easily re-organized for a clutter-free, less-stress type of lifestyle.
(formerly Yellow Tag Household Sales)
Whether you live in Brownsburg, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers or anywhere within a 90-minute radius of Indianapolis, I'd love to provide an assessment of how my company, Yellow Tag Household Sales, can help to organize your life. And, if you have a loved one who you fear may be spiraling downward into the obsession of hoarding, please contact me to discuss a multitude of ways in which I and other professionals may be of assistance.

Cute Things Indianapolis Senior Adults Do

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I came across an interesting topic on an Internet forum the other day that provided me a few chuckles. The moderator asked "What are some of the cute things that your grandparents used to do that you now realize make alot of sense"? 

You know, things like always having plenty of Kleenex handy, wearing huge sunglasses, labeling everything in the house, etc. Some of the responses are worth a laugh and I wanted to share them with you and perhaps prompt you to share a few of your own in the comments section on my Facebook page here.
"My grandmother collected 'garden cuttings' from everyplace she traveled...all over the world!," said Roberta in Indianapolis.
"My grandmother didn't just have Kleenex in every pocket," noted Jill of Fishers. "If she didn't have any pockets, she'd hide them in her sleeves!"
Barb in Carmel says she came across an interesting trend as she helped pack her mothers' belongings for a move into an assisted care facility in Indianapolis. "In nearly every single pocket and every purse, she had mints and a $1 bill, plus a hanky that had been embroidered by her mother," says Barb fondly.
Linda in Brownsburg wrote "My Mom would never leave the house unless she combed her hair and put on lipstick. Her quote was 'You never know who you are going to meet'. Feeling good about the image we present to outside world is always a good idea."
Larry in Columbus admits that he was always embarassed by his mothers' insistence on saving every plastic freezer bag that came into the house. "I think some of those freezer bags were washed repeatedly and used around the house for 5 or 6 years," he says. "But today I appreciate her frugality and insistence on saving as much money as possible for the family."
Do you have similar memories of your parents or grandparents? Share them in the comments section of my Facebook page below and I'll write about them in my next blog post.

Loving Your Indianapolis Senior Like You Love Your Puppy

Last week I wrote about my new puppy Bogart and the many ways in which he and the Indianapolis senior adults that I work with have shown me the importance of a simple enjoyment of life.
After contemplating that article, I realized that Bogart is also quite similar in an entirely different set of ways to many of the aging adults whose lives I help reorganize through downsizing and moving to new homes.
Although Bogart and seniors are on different ends of the age spectrum, he demands an extraordinary amount of attention, perhaps the same level of attention that grown - or boomer - children often find themselves devoting to an aging family member. While that need for attention can at times be overwhelming, he - like a loved one - is a cherished member of the family and it is vital that we show seniors the same sort of respect and adoration that we may heap on a pet.
Both have a need for love, but not the sort of love that can be smothering. While a restless puppy will happily spend some time in your lap cuddling, at some point he begins to demand his independence and a chance to play on his own or even sneak outdoors for a rendezvous with the squirrels.
We need to allow seniors that same sort of independence. The well-adjusted seniors I've worked with as a senior move manager in Indiana appreciate attention and love, but they also need the opportunity to assert their independence and, as long as physically and mentally feasible, journey outside their homes and continue their lives while enjoying their pursuits and pleasures.
Far too often, I've seen worried family members try to shut down mom and dad's independence. Although in advanced stages of physical and mental decline that may be necessary, such control is often not warranted.
What an aging loved one typically needs more than anything is reassurance from family members and friends that although the senior may require more help than he or she has needed in the past, there still is a vibrant and happy life waiting for them around the corner.    
That's a point that I always try and share as I work as a senior move organizer to reorganize, downsize or move an Indianapolis senior into a new home: life continues and each stage is simply a new chapter. 
I'm thrilled that everyday I enjoy the honor of working to help senior citizens in this capacity.
Thank you, Bogart, for yet another reminder. 

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.