Straight Up Spaces is a Hamilton-based home organization company led by Cheryl Ross. In this month’s column, she looks at what it takes to balance caring for aging parents while raising a family.
Many people find themselves in the “sandwich generation,” needing to care for their older parents while raising their own kids. It can be challenging to manage the responsibilities of both generations. The following tips can help navigate this unique situation, including how a professional organizer can be of subtle assistance.
- Communicate openly with your family
Talk with your parents, spouse, and children about your situation. Share your feelings and make sure everyone understands the challenges you are facing. Open communication is crucial for building a support network that will help you in this journey.
- Seek help when needed
Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance, whether it’s from other family members or friends. A professional organizer can also be an invaluable resource, offering unbiased and practical solutions to help you manage your time and keep your home organized. Their assistance will allow you to focus on providing care and support for your loved ones.
- Make time for self-care
Taking care of others requires you to be in good physical and emotional shape. It’s essential to carve out time for yourself to exercise, pursue hobbies, and maintain friendships. Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup, so prioritize your well-being, too.
- Establish boundaries
Set boundaries to protect your personal time and avoid feeling overwhelmed. You may need to limit the number of responsibilities you take on or delegate certain tasks to others. A professional organizer can help identify areas where you can delegate or simplify your responsibilities, allowing you to preserve your energy for your loved ones.
- Plan for the future
It’s essential to prepare for the future by discussing plans for long-term care and financial arrangements with your aging parents. Knowing what to expect and having a plan in place can reduce stress and uncertainty down the road.
By implementing these strategies, you can better balance the demands of being a member of the sandwich generation. Utilizing the assistance of a professional organizer, as needed, can help you stay organized and manage your time more effectively, ultimately allowing you to provide the care and support your family needs.
If you require more information about how a professional organizer can help, call us for a complimentary consultation or visit us online.