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Hurriedly, I strode to the door and wafted my fingers through the wind to clutch its handle. It was locked, and for a moment I thought all was lost. Devastated, I dropped my gaze and caught sight of an old latch immersed in decades of corrosion. With a prudent grasp, I gave it a deft pull to release the lock, and felt a wave of delight rasping through my spine as the metal door came open with my nudge. Then with tip-toe-footfalls I made my way into the foyer leading into the living room. I had not expected bickering or loud noises, for I was in my parent’s house, and my parents were old. But I did not expect the maddening silence either. I could have sworn not even insects were present; for the house was vacuum-empty.


I took a quick glance into the last room on the left, and, in stark realization that the house was indeed empty, I made back for the foyer as I placed a call. I shifted my sight onto my tablet’s keypad to type in father’s digits and kept on walking. I had a feeling of weightlessness, a sudden lurch and suddenly, I was skidding along the floor. I had tripped. In my wake I had left a terracotta vase flying, and its anchoring stool was skidding towards the wall. Vase shattered and a stool-limb fractured, I pulled my weight along the cement floor toward the drabbled flowers. Bouquet in hand, I billowed from the floor. I stopped short, half-erect, at a most shocking sight. There was a massive gap in the wall!


For long moments I mulled over the six-foot relief on the surface of what had seemed a normal cement wall. I had hoped to surprise my old parents with a visit, and yet at that particular period of time, I stood shocked to tatters. “This cannot be real”, I thought but I was certain my eyes were not failing. Stretching two quivering fingers I reached to the dent and swooped across its surface, then pressed both palms onto it with vehement force, almost losing my breath when it slid into an inward space. My heart leapt into my throat in plain horror of the sight before me: A secret chamber!


In staggering disbelief, at the threshold of the seemingly bottomless vault staring back at me, I wiped perspiration off my forehead. I was wary but nothing could have stopped me from exploring further and so, I arched my body forward, lofted my right foot, and, ever so warily, sifted through the chasm; dissolving into the darkness. Once inside, I was prey to whatever came next – evil, I thought. I had watched movies portray secret chambers in gory details. Swiping across the nearest wall for hope of any light switches, my fingers hit a plastic engraftment. I flicked it on and my sight fell on an unbelievably relieving spectacle. The room burgeoned with something hitherto hidden to me. Then with a knowing smile, I propped my face against trembling palms and mocking my self-induced terror, guffawed in exhilarating delight. It was no secret chamber after all; it was only a medicine cabinet!


How to deal with adult children at home

Parenting is never the same as our Kids grow up. There’s no more changing diapers and having to be in check for your Kids health and food. As our kids grow up, Parenting changes. There are no more shouting at Kids whenever they did something wrong or something that could hurt them so that they can learn a lesson, you don’t have to worry that much about the food and health of your child as you used to when your kids were young. So, with time Parenting changes too and It for sure is a challenging task, as they say, that Being Parents or Parenting is the most difficult task in the World.

With the World changing today, with its terms and cultures, our Adult kids are changing too. They demand different things that are getting normal or already are normal in today society or the world. So, Parenting with Adult kids get pretty much tough as Every decision or Every word out of your mouth can make a different impact or can have different effects on your kid. You never know how your Adult child would react to what you are saying so It kind of gets pretty hard and difficult in order to cope with them. You have to keep close attention to your Adult kids.

So, Dealing with Adult kids can be hectic but It can be pretty comforting too. Parents are happy and have been happy when their Adult kids are obedient, that is everything a Parent want. You might not have those day to day challenges anymore when your child was young but building a relationship with your Adult child can be pretty hard. There are different times or different moments that you have to act differently. So, Building a relationship with your child can be pretty difficult. In order to make this difficulty easy for you, We will be giving you some tips so that you can easily have a great relationship with your Adult child or there is comfort whenever you are dealing with your Adult child.

So, Let’s get started-

  1. Knowing them as Adults-

Kids or Children as they grow up have their own personality or they are new human beings now and you have to get to know them just as you want or are going to know strangers. When you meet with someone you get to know completely, their likes and dislikes. They aren’t kids or children that you used to guide them through things in life but they are now adults and they are completely different. So, In order to have a great and perfect relation with your Adult child, you have to know them completely.

  1. Don’t irritate them about Marriage and Kids-

Children as they grow up, get mature and mature and their thinking process or their thinking magnitude widens more and more so they are capable of making their own decisions and think for their own future. There is always time to get married and your child might be good looking and might have a great charisma which might make you wonder that why can’t your child have a girl or a boy or get settled. Well, your Adult child might have his or her own plans so you don’t have to bug them about Marriage and all. This might make them irritated and your child might have to distance yourself from you.

  1. Paying them?

Times are getting tougher and harder, everyone’s having a financial crisis, mostly and so it gets hard to manage your family. Your child might be living with you and it is getting more common now to be living with their parents. Now, if your kid or child is returning back to your home then it is time to set some ground rules. Curfews that you used to have won’t be applied now but in return, there should be some other things that you have to make sure that your child does it. Say, for example, make sure that your child pays utilities or buys groceries. Your child after growing up must help you out in these matters.

  1. Let them clean up their own mess-

As time flies as our children grow up, we don’t have the need to clean their rooms or their messes. They have to clean their mess themselves as Parents want their children to grow up quickly so that most of the responsibility that parents have is gone. You have to show them how things are done so that they are prepared for their life ahead. They for sure will love for you all the information or the doings that you would have taught which would end up being beneficial for them.

  1. Criticism-

Criticism is a vital portion of having a healthy relationship with your child. As said above, when our children grow up and when they are capable of doing things on their own, they have a strategy and they have doings and not doings of their own way and so criticism is something that children not always welcome and it often fires back.

Parents have to be very careful when it comes to criticizing their children. They might be dealing with matters completely different than you used and so there might arise a conflict in things the way you did and your children might do. There is no bad in this and so there is no right for Parents to criticize their way of doings. And if you do criticize your child, make sure it is a constructive criticism, not a harsh one that would make your child get angry and which could affect your relationship with your child.

So, the above we some tips or points that could make you have a great relationship with your child as children are the most important assets of Parents above anything and Parents love to have a great relationship with them. These points would help you get that relationship.


The importance of decluttering and how it change our life positively

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” ~John Maeda, the Laws of Simplicity

Nearly everyone has this moment dawning upon him where they realize how cluttered their life is and how deeply they need decluttering. Everything that is constant but pointless needs to be detached for you to start a new beginning. Your life may seem perfect to an outsider, but personally, you feel stuck and frustrated; this is where decluttering comes in; it helps you organize your home in a way that makes you feel ecstatic in every way be it emotionally, spiritually, physically. It is a fact that cannot be denied that cluttering effects the overall flow of positive vibes throughout your home and your body. It is quite usual to feel held back by your environment. It can be a piece of furniture, an unfinished project, a broken vase that was a gift from someone close, a gift you have kept for someone “in case they pay you a visit,” even your old clothes, half used make-up. Everything that is there to bring back some old unpleasant feelings or is holding you back from doing something new and exciting is something that you have to declutter.

Set your priorities:

First and the foremost thing that you have to do is set your priorities, take actions for what is just a dream or desire that it is being postponed due to a family obligation or work. It is paramount for a positive life that you live stress-free and focused on what you are doing NOT on what you should be doing. It is a known fact that two physical objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Whenever it comes to a second choice we always have to choose between two things; either this or that. Same should be the case with your inner self; you must not keep two thoughts or duties in the same compartment of your brain not only will it confuse you but will stress you out to your core. No matter how much you change your surrounding, there will always come a moment where you will be contemplating on what you SHOULD BE doing instead of what you ARE doing. Make 2017 a clutter free year both physically and emotionally. Try to forgive and forget, move from negative thinking to positive thinking as both cannot co-exist. Set yourself free by choosing what you SHOULD do not what you are supposed to do.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure:

Secondly start decluttering your shed or any storage place where you hide your “unwanted treasure.” Strat clearing out anything that is a burden on the space and clutter for your positive growth. Everything from a year old magazine, empty plastic cans, rusty tins of dried paints, an old rocking chair with a broken arm place, birdcages, declutter them all. It’s not necessary that you have to throw things away. You can always donate them to various charitable organizations which will not only declutter your space but will also give you this sense of profound joy of helping someone in need. As the saying goes “One man’s treasure is another man’s trash”; what is trash for you might be a bundle of joy for someone else.

Unconscious consumerism:

We all are guilty of unconscious consumerism, and this dawns upon us when we look at ourselves and see our space occupied by things that we rarely use and this sense of guilty engulfs us; takes away any bit of satisfaction we had while shopping. We are all so enamored by the innovations and updates in technology that yesterday’s breakthrough easily becomes tomorrow’s trash. So what you can do is get rid of all the old printers lining in the storage room because you got a newer much-updated version, a TV because you got a giant flat, rear projection television, or anything that is there unused since ages because you have got a replacement for that. Decluttering such valuable clutter is always hard, but nevertheless, you have to for a positive change in your life.

Sensibility vs. sentimentality: 

The life-enhancing energy called chi, according to the Chinese must flow freely in our homes, but it is normally blocked because of the presence of emotional, physical or spiritual clutter. So the first and foremost clutter that needs to be handled is the physical one as the physical opens the doors to the positive change to start. Invigorating and reorganizing your life is always a battle between sensibility vs. sentimentality. There are things that you are attached to and even though you are not using them for ages still have a spot in your heart where you regard them as treasure. It is this kind of pressure that blemishes your beginning of decluttering. Chi involves both the positive (yang) and the negative energy (yang). In order to bring a positive change, you obviously need to harness the positive energy, as stated above to (or “intending to”) harness the positive energy you need to declutter everything that sets you back to the past and blocks the way for positive vibes to flow in your space. Decluttering also does not mean that you should have empty spaces as nature despises vacuum; so instead of leaving you space empty it with light, plants, colors and everything that will bring in positivity.

Consult a specialist:

Let’s face it decluttering on your own can be a stressful, loathsome, and tiresome job. Well, why do it alone when you can have professionals for this job. Experts at Abode Staging will not only help you in decluttering but will also assist you with organizing and reconstructing your entire home. Professional organizers at Abode HT Staging will guide you from the very moment you decide to declutter and reorganize your home.

Are you looking for help in downsizing? Are you looking for help in decluttering? Are you looking for home staging services? We can help. Contact us at 613-869-1590 or val@abodehtstaging.ca


Challenging time – L’aspect émotionnel du changement de domicile

Like all other important life changes, getting married, having children, switching  jobs, moving residences brings up a question of the unknown. What will the future be like? Downsizing and relocating introduce many challenges like to let go our belongings and to confront a very different living situation. Anything worth doing will have some form of anxiety attached to it. It is human nature to resist accepting the fact that as we age, we become less physically capable of taking care of some of the everyday tasks that used to be so easy to do. Having to accept a lifestyle change to accommodate this can be emotionally difficult and depressing because it is seen as a loss of independence. Separation from one’s lifelong home is a loss and should be treated as such. Turning to friends and family in a time of grief is common when one experiences a loss, so imparting a sense of family among residents and staff has proven quite comforting for those suffering the distress of moving. Unfortunately, those seniors who delay changing their lifestyle to accommodate their needs end up becoming even less independent, relying on family and friends to do what they are no longer able to do.

Moving into a retirement residence can be an intimidating life change. The upside is that most retirement communities recognize this apprehension and do their best to lessen the emotional stress that comes with a move. When seniors see the change after they move into a residence (busy with their peers and entertained year round), they find they are much happier than they expected to be. Living in a retirement community can help alleviate boredom, loneliness and time to worry. A happier life is a healthier life. As a home transition specialist, I will assist in easing a seemingly stressful lifestyle change to make a smooth and stress-free transition for many years of good living.

Comme tout changement important dans la vie, se marier, avoir des enfants, changer d’emploi, changer de domicile soulève beaucoup de questions relatives à l’inconnu. Qu’est-ce que l’avenir nous réserve?  Déménager soulève plusieurs défis tels que laisser aller certains de nos objets et se préparer à un style de vie très différent. Peu importe ce que vous faites… il y aura de l’anxiété. C’est la nature humaine que de s’opposer et de résister aux changements. Un jour, nos capacités physiques diminuent et nous empêchent de faire tout ce dont nous avions l’habitude de faire aisément. Lorsqu’un changement de style de vie est nécessaire, c’est difficile émotionnellement et cela peut entraîner une humeur dépressive due à la perte d’autonomie et d’indépendance. Quitter l’endroit où nous avons vécu des décennies doit être traité comme un deuil. Se tourner vers nos amis et notre famille peut être réconfortant, mais en parler avec d’autres résidents qui ont vécu le même deuil peut nous rassurer et créer des liens importants. Malheureusement, les gens qui attendent trop longtemps avant de changer de domicile et de modifier leur style de vie adapté à leur nouveaux besoins et capacités diminuées, perdent leur autonomie beaucoup plus rapidement et deviennent dépendants des membres de leur famille pour tout ce qu’ils ne sont plus capable de faire.

Emménager dans une résidence pour personnes âgées peut être un changement intimidant. La majorité des résidence reconnaissent l’appréhension des nouveaux résidents et ils font leur possible pour faciliter la transition en essayant de réduire le stress émotionnel. Quelques temps après, il est fréquent que les personnes âgées réalisent qu’elles sont plus heureuses qu’elles pensaient l’être depuis qu’elles sont à la résidence. Elles socialisent plus et participent à plusieurs activités. Vivre dans une communauté, dans une résidence, peut aider à combattre l’ennui, la solitude et l’anxiété. Une vie plus heureuse est une vie en meilleure santé. Comme spécialiste en relocation, je vais vous assister pour rendre votre transition la plus simple et la moins stressante possible, afin que vous puissiez avoir le meilleur début pour votre nouveau segment de vie.


Life is beautiful! – La vie est merveilleuse!

After my husband joined the military, I had to learn how to live with a lot of “unknowns”, such as not knowing when I’d hear from him, when he’d come home or when and where we’d move next. That’s when I first started the de-cluttering process. I had plenty of evenings alone to think and knew that the next move could happen any time so I had to be ready.

Military life has brought us to relocate frequently and I’ve become quite the expert at decluttering and downsizing. I’ve tried it all and would love to share my knowledge with you. To broaden my knowledge, I’ve also taken a course in Home Staging.

Frequent military relocations also come with new opportunities, new friends, and most importantly, new communities and a support system. Other military spouses have come through for me, helped with my boys and cheered me up when I was overwhelmed. If you are looking to relocate to a residence, integrating yourself into your new community is fundamental.

In short, I have learned that life is pretty amazing and beautiful even through daily struggles and challenges. Half the battle is how you approach your challenge. For smooth sailing, surround yourself with the right support.

Ma deuxième leçon, après que mon conjoint se soit enrollé, a été d’apprendre à vivre avec l’insécurité, ne sachant pas quand il pourrait téléphoner et encore moins, venir faire un tour à la maison. La possibilité de déménager étant dans l’air, mais ne sachant guère quand ou vers quel endroit. J’ai donc utilisé ces longues soirées seules à passer à travers mes livres d’université, puis le bricolage…. C’était mes premiers pas dans l’apprentissage du désencombrement. La vie militaire m’a incité à déménager fréquemment et je suis rendue habile à désencombrer et habituée à la relocation. J’ai tout expérimenté et maintenant je désire partager mes connaissances avec  vous. J’habite maintenant Ottawa et j’ai décidé de me spécialiser encore plus en suivant une formation en « Home staging ».

Être une famille de militaire amène plusieurs défis mais aussi beaucoup un sens de la communauté extraordinaire. Chaque fois que nous sommes arrivés dans une nouvelle ville, nous nous sommes fait de nouveaux amis qui sont venus m’aider lorsque j’en avais le plus besoin. J’ai compris comment l’amitié et le sens de la communauté est important. Malgré l’angoisse qui précède une relocation, aujourd’hui je suis bien et je sais que je le serai tant que je m’intégrerai à ma nouvelle communauté. Si vous déménagez en résidence, intégrez-vous le plus rapidement possible à votre nouvelle communauté car cela en vaut vraiment la peine.

Brièvement, j’ai appris dans les 10 dernières années, que je suis capable de faire des choses extraordinaire et que la vie est merveilleuse et belle malgré les difficultés sporadiques.


Life is full of surprises! – La vie déborde de surprises!

For his first 3 years of military service, my husband was pretty much gone all the time… With two boys and a house, I quickly came to the conclusion that everything fell on my lap and I was on double duty. You should have seen me the first time I had to catch a rodent in the house. It was just a few days after he had left and I found myself jumping on a chair but then realized that I was in charge and had to take care of this! My first thought was to grab a bucket and try to catch it. Well that in itself was hilarious but then I thought to myself, what am I going to do with it once it’s under the bucket? How could I grab the rat? What would I do with it? Should I kill it or release it outside? Well, needless to say, that was quite an experience. Little did I know that 3 years later, our family would have three pet rats and I took great pleasure in playing with them.

Life is not always easy. Sometimes it’s difficult and these are usually times when we end up doing things out of necessity and not as we could ever have planned to.  Having to downsize and to relocate is one of those. Always keep in mind that even though this transition is difficult, people usually realize a few months down the road that it was for the best.

La vie déborde de surprises!

Lorsque mon époux a joint les Forces, il a été absent la majorité du temps pendant presque 3 ans. À l’époque j’avais 2 garçons (2 ans et 6 ans) et une maison… j’ai rapidement compris que je devais maintenant prendre en charge mes tâches et celles de mon époux. Vous auriez dû me voir quelques jours après son départ lorsqu’un rat est entré au sous-sol… dans la salle de jeu des enfants… J’ai grimpé sur une chaise avant de réaliser que c’était maintenant à moi d’attraper ce rongeur. J’ai pris un sceau et essayé d’attraper la bestiole au milieu des jouets… c’était hilarant !!!  Mais une fois le rat sous la chaudière, que faire ? Comment attraper le rat sans qu’il s’enfui à nouveau et encore pire…. Sans le toucher ! Dois-je le tuer ou le ramener dehors ? Oh mon Dieu, ce fut tout une expérience. Pouvez-vous imaginer que 3 ans plus tard, nous avions 3 rats de compagnie que je laissais libres dans la maison et que l’ensemble de la famille avait du plaisir avec !!!

La vie nous positionne dans des situations impossibles, imprévues et non désirées, mais notre nature humaine nous pousse à réussir ces épreuves et à en sortir grandi. Avoir à déménager est une de ces épreuves et c’est possible de passer à travers et de se rendre compte par la suite, que c’était pour le mieux.


Why it’s important to have someone help you – Pourquoi l’accompagnement est-it important?

Moving from a large home full of your belongings to a smaller place can be tricky.  It’s easy to say “just get rid of that stuff”, but to actually do it is much harder. Unfortunately, many people downsize or relocate not by choice but because they have to. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable and afraid or anxious. It’s a little like trying to lose weight or to start a new fitness program. Without the right support, it’s easy to lose motivation and sometimes, the only way to get results is with the help of a coach. You don’t have to do this alone!

Downsizing can be stressful, but with the right kind of help it can become an experience you wish you would have done sooner. Relocation professionals, who are skilled on the emotional and practical aspect of the move, will off-load tasks and this will free up some time for you to concentrate on other important aspects of moving.

Deciding what to do with your things, whether it’s to sell, donate, or throw away is stressful, time consuming and emotionally draining. It’s easier to choose what you absolutely want to keep and outsource the “estate sale” task. Funds from the estate sale can be used to buy things that are more appropriate for your new place.

Pourquoi l’accompagnement est important?

Déménager d’une grosse maison vers un condo ou encore d’un appartement vers une résidence n’est pas une étape évidente dans la vie. Il est facile de dire « Fais juste te débarrasser de ces choses-là » mais le faire est extrêmement plus difficile. Malheureusement, plusieurs personnes attendent trop longtemps et se retrouvent dans une situation où ils ne déménagent plus par choix, mais parcequ’ils sont forcés de le faire. C’est tout à fait naturel de se sentir inconfortable et angoissé face à un déménagement. Tout comme perdre du poids ou commencer un programme d’exercice, il est facile de perdre notre motivation. Souvent, nous avons besoin d’un entraineur pour obtenir des résultats. Vous n’avez pas à entreprendre vos démarches de relocation seul.

Les professionnels de la relocation vont vous décharger de certaines tâches, ce qui vous permettra de vous concentrer sur d’autres aspects importants de votre déménagement. Ils sont habilles à gérer les relocations, tant sur le plan émotionnel que « pratico pratique ». Être conseillé et supporté peut rendre un changement de domicile beaucoup plus simple. Déménager dans une habitation plus petite peut être « l’enfer » mais bien accompagné, ça peut devenir une expérience dont vous souhaiteriez avoir accompli avant. Pas besoin de tout faire par vous-même ou d’imposer cela à des membres de votre famille qui sont déjà surchargés avec leur vie, vous pouvez bénéficier de l’expérience et de la disponibilité de professionnels. Commencez dès aujourd’hui en me contactant pour réserver votre consultation gratuite.

Choisir ce que nous allons faire de nos biens, que ce soit les donner, les vendre, les jeter ou les apporter avec nous est un moment stressant qui prend beaucoup de temps et d’énergie. Il est plus facile de se mettre à la tâche en commençant par choisir ce que nous voulons absolument garder. Vous pouvez ensuite réduire votre fardeau en engageant des professionnels de la relocation et/ou de la vente de bien. Le plus d’argent vous amasserez en vendant vos biens, plus vous pourrez vous acheter d’items proportionnés à votre nouveau domicile.


The Good Companions- MIFO

Good Companions began in 1955 with the needs of the community seniors in mind. They wanted to create a place where our older generation could come together with others in the same predicament. Due in part to the generosity of the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and multiple donors they have been able to offer a multitude of services and programs to the community.

Good Companions gives our elders a place to get a healthy meal at a reasonable price and they organize recreational outings, so that their clients can get out of the house and have a chance to socialize. Thanks go out to all the staff and volunteers that give of their time to make this a fun and safe place for our precious seniors.

MIFO – Mouvement d’Implication Francophone d’Orleans

Le plus grand centre culturel franco-ontarien

La mission du MIFO est de promouvoir la culture francophone et de répondre aux besoins artistiques, culturels, socio-communautaire et éducatifs de la communauté francophone d’Orléans et de ses environs.

Ils offrent plusieurs services et programmes, dont des services de garde d’enfants, des camps, des spectacles, des ressources pour les artistes et une école de musique pour tous les âges.  

Le Centre Séraphin-Marion d’Orléans est un lieu de rencontres, de renseignements et d’activités pour personnes de 50 ans et plus. Ce centre offre aux retraités et semi-retraités des activités leurs permettant de se rencontrer, de s’épanouir et de vieillir en santé dans un milieu francophone.

Un de leurs objectifs est d’analyser les besoins et intérêts des personnes de 50 ans et plus afin :

–  d’offrir des activités et des services, en français, qui favorisent leur bien-être, et ce, en accordant la priorité aux activités et aux services les plus demandés;

–  de rendre ces activités accessibles au plus grand nombre possible, en portant une attention particulière à celles dont le taux de participation est très bas;

– de développer l’habileté, la créativité et la sociabilité chez les personnes de 50 ans et plus, et ce, afin de leur permettre de maintenir leur autonomie à domicile le plus longtemps possible.

Pour de plus amples informations:

  • www.mifo.ca
  • Adresse: 6600 Carrière St, Orléans, ON K1C
  • Téléphone: (613) 830-6436



Planning A Move – Déménager

You have made the decision that you want to move! Now you need to decide when! Factors such as selling your home, availability and coordinating family assistance for your move, are other things to consider. Although this won’t be easy, you have to start somewhere, sometime. Why not now?

It all can be overwhelming and confusing at times. There are many steps to take from sorting and packing, to coordinating the move and unpacking. When planning to change homes, we have many difficult decisions to make. Do we ask family for help? Which moving company is trustworthy? How do we decide what we will need in our new home? What do we do with the stuff we won’t be taking with us? We must coordinate our change of address, utilities transfers or interruptions. Changing homes requires a lot of administration, difficult decisions and can be a very emotional time.

If the whole prospect of moving seems overwhelming, you might want to consider contacting a Senior Move Manager. These individuals help with all the aspects of the move. They may, also, provide consulting services when you and/or your family members want to do some of the work yourselves. Many Senior Move Managers offer a free, no-obligation consultation. They can do as little or as much as you need. Book a free “Meet and greet” at www.abodehtstaging.ca or call us today at 613-869-1590. Valerie will work with you and your family to make the whole transition as easy as possible.

Vous avez pris la décision que vous voulez déménager! Maintenant, vous devez décider du moment! Des facteurs tels que la vente de votre maison et la disponibilité des membres de votre familles pour vous aider sont à considérer. Bien que ce ne sera pas facile, il faut commencer quelque part… Pourquoi pas maintenant?

Un changement de vie peut être écrasant, étouffant et parfois mener à la confusion. Il y a beaucoup d’étapes à franchir avant le jour “D”. Trier, emballer, décider, choisir, donner… et ce avant même de coordonner le déménagement, le déballage et l’installation dans votre nouveau “chez-vous”. Il faut coordonner les changements d’adresse et l’interruption des services utilitaires.  La planification d’un changement de domicile comporte beaucoup d’administration, de décisions difficiles à prendre et de charges émotives.

Vous devez choisir si vous demander de l’aide à votre famille et si celle-ci a le temps nécessaire pour vous aider? Comment savoir si une entreprise de déménagement est digne de confiance? Comment décider de ce que nous aurons besoin dans notre nouvelle maison? Que faisons-nous avec les choses que nous ne conservons pas?

Si toute perspective de déménagement semble écrasante, vous pouvez communiquer avec un gestionnaire en relocalisation. Ces professionnels vous guident à travers différents aspects du déménagement tout en vous laissant le pouvoir décisionnel. Abode HT Staging peut coordonner votre projet de changement de domicile. Sédulez votre consultation gratuite et sans obligation en remplissant le formulaire sur notre site internet www.abodehtstaging.ca. Vous pouvez également nous joindre au 613-869-1590. Abode HT Staging peut faire aussi peu ou autant que vous avez besoin. Valérie travaillera avec vous et votre famille pour rendre votre transition aussi facile que possible.

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On Your Own Time – Le moment opportun

The “Hobb’s”, a couple in their 60s told me that they wanted to make plans while they were still “in charge” of the decision-making process. They chose to move when they wanted to, and not when they would have to. They wanted the option to decide where they would go, as well as what they would take with them and how best to dispose of the rest.

Not everyone has that luxury. Some people wait and became no longer physically or mentally able to make these choices on their own. Loved ones take charge and make decisions for them. When you move on your terms, you not only can be part of the process, but have a chance to become involved in your new community and have an easier adjustment to your new home.

If you can look at your situation now and decide when you want to make the move, write down a goal date. It isn’t easy. But, once you decide to do it, a big part of the pressure is off.

The “Hobb’s” are now comfortably settled in the home of their choosing, surrounded by the things that they chose to bring with them. They are happy with the early decision they took and have no regrets.

Should you feel like these steps are too much of an undertaking for you, you can always call a Senior Living Advisor such as Amy from Tea & Toast. They will help you through all of these steps and guide you through your decision making process.


Un couple dans la soixantaine, les “Hobb”, m’a dit qu’il voulait planifier leur bel âge pendant qu’il était maître du processus de prise de décision. Les  Hobb souhaitaient choisir de déménager quand ils le voulaient, et non pas quand ils le devraient. Ils préféraient choisir leur “chez-soi” eux-mêmes. Ils sélectionnèrent les biens qu’ils ont gardés et  la meilleure façon de disposer du reste.

Tout le monde n’a pas ce luxe. Certaines personnes attendent et ne sont plus physiquement ou mentalement apte à faire leur propre choix. Leurs proches deviennent alors responsables des arrangements et de l’administration de la transition. Lorsque vous changez de domicile par vous-même, vous pouvez non seulement faire partie du processus décisionnel, mais aussi avoir la chance de bien vous intégrer à votre nouvelle communauté. Votre implication facilitera votre établissement dans votre nouvelle demeure.

Si vous évaluez votre situation actuelle et que vous décidez de changer vers une habitation plus petite, envisagez la date où vous voulez avoir complété votre déménagement. C’est difficile de s’engager dans une transition, mais une fois la décision prise… une grande partie de la pression est relâchée.

Les “Hobb” sont maintenant confortablement installés dans la maison de leur choix, entourés par les biens qu’ils ont choisi d’apporter avec eux. Ils sont satisfaits de la décision qu’ils ont pris et n’ont pas de regrets.

Si vous trouvez ces démarches trop difficiles pour vous, vous pouvez toujours contacter un conseiller en relocalisation comme Amy de Tea & Toast. Elle vous soutiendra et pourra vous guider dans votre processus de prise de décision.